William Cecil, Lord Burghley Chief adviser to Elizabeth I as Secretary of State from 1558 and Lord High Treasurer from 1572 helped guide England through perilous times. He was largely responsible for the religious settlement of 1558, took a key role in the proceedings leading to the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, countered foreign and domestic threats to the Realm and did much to promote trade and industry. On his death, a grieving Elizabeth was convinced that ‘No prince in Europe hath such a councillor as I have in mine’.Views: 286 | Enquiries: 0
I have a Humanities degree from Bristol Polytechnic and subsequently qualified as a teacher in Further Education. I have been interested in history for as long as I can remember and enjoy demolishing popular historical myths. I have delivered courses on a wide range of historical subjects (hopefully with enthusiasm and humour) at Peterborough City College, Stamford Arts Centre, the Guildhall Arts Centre Grantham and also to a wide variety of local groups and societies for some twenty years. In answer to the question ‘What is your favourite period of history?’ I would be most likely to say “Just the last 3,250 years”. Since 2006 I have given a series of lectures for Peterborough Museum and participated in historical re-enactments and guided tours. I am currently engaged in research for a book on Bosworth Field and co-writing a history of Peterborough, both of which it is hoped will be published eventually.
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