The Duke of Ormond: A Faithful Servant or a Selfish Schemer?
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This work examines James Butler's, the marquis of Ormond, role during the English Civil War. During this time, parliament revolted against King Charles I because he refused to treat English citizens fairly. This conflict was not only confined to England, but also spread to Scotland and Ireland. Throughout the conflict, Ormond sided with King Charles I because Ormond believed that God had divinely appointed the king to his position of authority. Furthermore, even though James Butler was ultimately on the losing side during the English Civil War, Ormond’s political actions, especially his readiness to employ opposing factions during the war, displayed that he was willing to go to great lengths in order to advance the Royalist cause as a means to fulfill his steadfast duty to the English crown; therefore, opposing the idea that his actions were used to accomplish self serving interests.