Bedford hoped to resolve the political crisis of early 1641, since he was acceptable to Charles I as well as the parliamentary leaders. In concert with his client John Pym, a key figure in the Commons, he planned to accept office in the king's government, take control of the Treasury, and restore the royal finances. Bedford was prepared to save Strafford's life, but could not carry his parliamentary associates with him. At this critical moment, he was struck down by smallpox and died on 9 May.
Subjects: British History.