The settlements of 1572 with Scotland, France and Spain shifted the emphasis of the political problems confronting the English government. The King’s party, established in Scotland, would have to be watched and controlled. The treatment of the desperate Queen of Scots became a more urgent question. Confidence in the Treaty with France, undermined by the Massacre of St Bartholomew, had to be restored despite the moving background of civil war and changes of King upon the French throne. The agreement with Spain, while it reopened trade with Antwerp, made relations with the Dutch rebels all the more delicate. These emergent difficulties called for Burghley’s experienced counsel.
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