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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.

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The Clopton Portrait, circa 1558-60, Queen Elizabeth I- William Cecil, Lord Burghley, speaking of Elizabeth, 'A princess who can act any part she pleases.'

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'.

Princess Elizabeth’s, later Queen Elizabeth I, letter to her sister Queen Mary I. Written just before she was taken to the Tower.

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