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    Tudor History. The story of Queen Elizabeth I's "Spymaster" Sir Francis Walsingham

    Sir Francis Walsingham

    Sir William Cecil, Baron Burghley, Elizabeth I's Secretary of State

    Queen Elizabeth I knighting Sir Francis Drake

    William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I's chief councillor and friend by lisby1, via Flickr

    William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I's chief councillor and friend and one of the most powerful and successful political figures of the Tudor Period.

    Elizabeth I of England

    Elizabeth I when a Princess - Attrib. William Scrots, c.1546

    At Prince William's wedding

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

    Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, c.1560, around the time she was being courted by 12 "suitors", most of whom she never met. The marriage negotiations were a very serious matter undertaken by Cecil and Walsingham and debated by her Council. The Queen now 27 years old was considered "mature" for a first marriage, but the English throne was a prize. Cecil and Walsingham badly wanted to secure a Protestant dynasty through Elizabeth's marriage and her children who would be heirs to the English throne.

    Queen Elizabeths wedding cake!!

    The Rainbow Portrait ~ Queen Elizabeth I

    Queen Elizabeth I

    Queen Elizabeth

    Queen Elizabeth I

    Queen Elizabeth I

    Elizabeth I

    Glove of Queen Elizabeth I.

    Queen Elizabeth

    Queen Elizabeth I