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Lover of Learning and Patron of the Arts

  • B. W. Beckingsale


‘Learning will serve you in all ages and in all places and fortunes’, wrote Burghley. Like most of his contemporaries he believed in the moral and utilitarian value of education. The humanists had persuaded the age that they could supply the best training and that the talents, so trained, should be put at the service of the State. That ‘general counsels, and plots, and marshalling of affairs come best from learned men’ was a widely held opinion.1 Burghley, who had risen by the new secular ladder of success from grammar school to university, to Inns of Court, to royal office, naturally endorsed such views. The New Learning had created the ‘new men’. Those who owed their success to their education were its advocates.


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