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A 17th century engraving of Queen Elizabeth I and her two able advisors, William Cecil, Lord Burghley and Sir Francis Walsingham.
William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (sometimes spelled Burleigh), (13 September 1521 – 4 August 1598) was an English statesman, the chief advisor of Queen Elizabeth I for most of her reign, twice Secretary of State (1550–1553 and 1558–1572) and Lord High Treasurer from 1572. Elizabeth I. gifted him with a nickname. She referred to this most trusted councilor as her 'Spirit'.