chapter  13
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Like many men of genius, the Prince was clearly conscious of his talents and proud of them. This self-confidence combined with his youth-and an over-serious nature to produce an inability to react reasonably to any disagreement with his views. At court, where his birth and his position both made him automatically a major figure, such a trait won him almost as bad a reputation among many Royalists as among the enemy. One of those alienated was Clarendon, who portrayed him in his History as a rough, blunt soldier with contempt for the opinions of any civilians from Clarendon downwards. Since then, although each generation pays yet more tributes to Rupert’s personal dash and military brilliance, this character-study has received little amendment. The purpose of the present section is to test it, by studying the Prince in his hitherto disregarded role as a wartime administrator.