When Henry VIII died the man who took over effective control of the government was Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford, the uncle of the boy King Edward VI. Seymour acquired the dukedom of Somerset and the title of Protector.1 Through his protestant and Court connections William Cecil secured a place in the Protector’s entourage. He already knew something of local government, of Parliament and the Court but this was his first chance to take part in the great affairs of State. Under the wing of the ducal cock of the walk, Cecil could scarcely have anticipated the dangers which this new phase in his life was to bring.
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