Burghley: William Cecil at the court of Elizabeth I

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Yale University Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 412 pages
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William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520–1598), was the closest adviser to England’s Queen Elizabeth I and—as this revealing and provocative biography shows—he was the driving force behind the Queen's reign for four decades. Cecil’s impact on the development of the English state was deep and personal. A committed Protestant, he guided domestic and foreign affairs with the confidence of his religious conviction. Believing himself the divinely instigated protector of his monarch, he felt able to disobey her direct commands. He was uncompromising, obsessive, and supremely self-assured—a cunning politician as well as a consummate servant.

This comprehensive biography gives proper weight to Cecil's formative years, his subtle navigation of the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I, his lifelong enmity with Mary Queen of Scots, and his obsession with family dynasty. It also provides a fresh account of Elizabeth I and her reign, uncovering limitations and concerns about invasions, succession, and conspiracy. Intimate, authoritative, and enormously readable, this book redefines our understanding of the Elizabethan period.

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Review: Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I

User Review  - Leanda Lisle - Goodreads

William Cecil, Lord Burghley, would be delighted that in his historical afterlife he remains the old man he died as, after 40 years of power. The frail flesh and white beard projects the image of the ... Read full review

Review: Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I

User Review  - Joy - Goodreads

Not quite up to Conyers Read's biography of William Cecil Lord Burghley, but close. Lots of detail readably presented, creates a rounded image of a remarkably talented statesman. Read full review

Contents

The Cyssylls of Stamford
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St John the Evangelist
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London and Court
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Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Stephen Alford was educated at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and is Fellow in History at King's College, Cambridge. He is the author of Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI and The Early Elizabethan Polity. He lives in Northumberland, UK.