Falkland was educated in Ireland, where his father was viceroy, but settled at Great Tew, outside Oxford. This became, in the words of Clarendon, ‘a university bound in a lesser volume’. Elected to Parliament in 1640, Falkland condemned arbitrary rule, but opposed radical change. In January 1642 he accepted office as secretary of state, in the vain hope of closing the gap between the king and Parliament. This ‘incomparable young man’, as Clarendon called him, found a welcome death in battle in September 1643.
Subjects: Literature — British History.