Letters to the Editor - November 2011

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Crown Duel

I was very interested in Nigel Jones’ article on Colonel Blood and the Tower of London (‘Blood, Theft and Arrears’, October, 2011), because I am a house guide at Cliveden, the National Trust property. The first house on that site was built by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham so that he could live near London with his mistress, the Countess of Shrewsbury. A duel fought between the Earl of Shrewsbury and Buckingham is commemorated on the Duke’s Lawn at Cliveden. Nigel Jones describes Buckingham as: ‘A ruthless libertine, who skewered one aristocratic love rival in a duel and then eloped with the widow.’ I wonder if he is referring to the duel between Buckingham and Shrewsbury? Most visitors to Cliveden are aware of the Profumo Scandal that began there in 1963, but not many know of Buckingham’s earlier scandalous exploits.

Brian Boyland
Maidenhead, Berkshire

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