‘The Warre of the Commons for the honour of King Charles’: the parliament-men and the reformation of the lord admiral in 1626


  • The author is grateful to Robert Ritchie and Mary Robertson for their steady support at the Huntington Library over the years, and to Richard Cust, Peter Lake and the two anonymous readers for their invaluable comments on this article.


In 1979, Conrad Russell speculated that in order to forestall the impeachment of the duke of Buckingham in the parliament of 1626, several contemporaries attempted a ‘reformation of the duke’. Lack of solid evidence meant that Russell could make this no more than a suggestion. The recent discovery of a document, however, allows us to see the details of a projected reformation – and that Russell's intuition was indeed correct.