The History of Leith

May 13, 2012

Cabal Ministry

he Cabal Ministry refers to a group of high councillers of King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1668 to circa 1674.

The term “Cabal” has a double meaning in this context. It refers to the fact that, for perhaps the first time in English history, effective power in a royal council was shared by a group of men, a cabal, rather than dominated by a single “favorite”. The term also serves as the acronym “C-A-B-A-L” for the names of the five Privy Councillors (Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley-Cooper, and Lauderdale) who formed the council’s Committee for Foreign Affairs. for more click here

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