George Villiers Duke of Buckingham
George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham was a favorite of King James I of England, and one of the most rewarded royal courtiers in all history. He was a man of considerable charm and guile. In 1614, he was presented at court, in the hope that the king would take a fancy to him. He was successful and James is said to have fallen deeply in love with him, calling him his 'sweet child and wife.' Villiers reciprocated and secured his position after the existing favorite Robert Carr was disgraced. A meteoric rise found Buckingham as the highest-ranking subject outside the Royal Family. He was hated by the public for his influence over King James.