Burghley pp 161-174 | Cite as

Adversary of the Queen’s Adversaries

  • B. W. Beckingsale


The war in the Netherlands was more effective in destroying the reputation of Leicester than that of the Spanish army. The Earl’s assumption in January 1586 of the governorship, which implied an English claim to sovereignty, enraged Elizabeth. Her object was to restore the liberties of the Netherlands but maintain the nominal suzerainty of Spain. Burghley assured Leicester, CI have already and shall not desist to oppose myself, with good and sound reasons to move her majesty to alter her hard opinion.’1 He remained true to his promise not to intrigue against the absent Earl. If financial stringency forced upon Leicester a defensive and ineffectual campaign, he could not blame the Lord Treasurer, who, commenting on the Queen’s policy, noted, ‘an old rooted opinion that she hath, that all this war will be turned upon her charge, by the backwardness in payment by the States’.2


Financial Stringency Rooted Opinion Hard Opinion English Ambassador French Intervention 


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