Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I

Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I Stephen Alford
  • Title: Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I
  • Author: Stephen Alford
  • ISBN: 9780300118964
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I Stephen Alford Burghley William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I William Cecil Lord Burghley 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
    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 confidWilliam 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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    About Stephen Alford


    1. Stephen Alford FRHistS born 1970 is a British historian and academic He has been professor of early modern British history at the University of Leeds since 2012 Educated at the University of St Andrews, he was formerly a British Academy Post doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge 1997 99 and junior research fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and, between 1999 and 2012, a fellow in history at King s College, Cambridge He has been a fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 2000.


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    1. nwhytevejournal 1564792mlA very interesting biography of Elizabeth s chief minister, who basically ran England from her accession in 1558 to his death in 1598 and had held the same office of Secretary of State, though with less power, during the earlier reign of her younger brother I found it generally interesting, though in places frustrating, than David Loades The Cecils which I read two years ago.Alford is excellent at the big picture The book is beautifully organised in general chonologica [...]

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    2. Alford has written an enjoyable and readable biography of Cecil He doesn t go into the detail that Conyers Read s biography which is actually 3 books does, but that s part of what makes this a accessible book for a non specialist For specialists, Alford does focus on Cecil s personal circumstances than Read which was what I needed for my own research , so their emphases are different Alford doesn t heavily footnote, which is both good and bad it makes the book flow, but sometimes I d have like [...]

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    3. 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 dull bureaucrat we remember ideal cover for an ideologue who makes Donald Rumsfeld appear warm and fuzzy, and a spin doctor whose fictions retain, after 400 years, a powerful hold on the culture of the English speaking world Terrifying is an adjective Stephen Alford deploys on than one occasion to d [...]

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    4. 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.

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