Nationally, an 18th Century’s political group’s influence was played out in Parliament, where Governmental stability depended on the Ministers keeping the King ‘sweet’ so that the Crown’s patronage of posts, contracts and pensions-“loaves & fishes”- would be available to maintain a majority in the Commons-CORRUPTION!! The small political factions, like the Grenvilles could help shore up a ministry with some votes as well as speaking and administrative talent for a price – the basis of their influence & importance.
Andrew Rudolf is an Oxford History Graduate. He taught history (c 1450-1950 English & European) at Repton and Stowe School where he was Head of History for 18 years. He is part of the Lay Ministry Team at Stowe Parish Church. He has lived in the locality, Shalstone and Buckingham, since 1976. He is a Tutor for the WEA and a Guide at Stowe – hence interest in 18th Century Politics!