George Villiers

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George Villiers

Duke of Buckingham

The son of a penniless Leicestershire squire, George Villiers was introduced to James I in 1614. Regarded as the most beautiful man in Europe, he was soon the king’s new favourite.

Their affair probably began in August 1615 at Farnham Castle. Many years later, Buckingham wrote to James asking “whether you loved me now . . . better than at the time which I shall never forget at Farnham”.