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In the Political Thicket

  • B. W. Beckingsale


Afterlittle more than two years in the Queen’s service, Cecil had apparently strengthened his hold upon important offices. But he had not altered his relationship with the Queen. It pleased her to trust him. He could not command that trust. Elizabeth’s will remained beyond capture. All that Cecil could do was to give his best advice and hope that it satisfied the Queen. If he was to keep royal regard and all that it brought to him, Cecil had to go cautiously and carry the Council with him. He did not stand alone as a sole adviser. In June 15 61 he had to admit, ‘I am overruled in it with the opinion of the more’1


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  1. 3.
    J. H. Pollen, English Catholics under Elizabeth (1920), 69; P.R.O., S.P. 70–26–59; C.S.P. Spanish, 1558–67, 200.Google Scholar
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    P.R.O., S.P. 70–26–60; Advice to a Son, ed. L. B. Wright (Cornell U.P., 1962), 3–6.Google Scholar
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    N. J. Williams, Thomas Howard, Fourth Duke of Norfolk (1964), ch. 6.Google Scholar
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    S. D’Ewes, Journals of all the Parliaments during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth (1682), 79; Wright, op. cit. i. 126.Google Scholar
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    Ibid.; S. T. BindofF, ‘The Making of the Statute of Artificers’, Elizabethan Government and Society, ed. S. T. BindofF et al. (1961), 56–94; P.R.O., S.P. 12–27–72; D’Ewes, op. dt. 87.Google Scholar
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    A. C. Miller, Sir Henry Killigrew (Leicester U.P., 1963), 99–100; H.M.C., Salisbury MSS. v. 70.Google Scholar

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