Item description for The Cecils: Privilege and Power Behind the Throne by David Loades...
For over 50 years, one family dominated England's high offices of state. William and Robert Cecil, father and son, held unparalleled power as statesmen, diplomats, counselors and spymasters throughout Elizabeth's reign and long beyond. From Privy Councillor to Chief Secretary of State and Lord High Treasurer, both exerted far-reaching influence to secure the Queen's realm and legacy. They enjoyed her reliance and trust, and Robert the gratitude of her successor James I, yet each inhabited a perilous world where favor brought enemies and a wrong step could lead to disaster.
In The Cecils, leading Tudor historian David Loades reveals the personal and political lives of these remarkable men. He shows how father and son negotiated volatile court life, battling flamboyant favorites like Robert Dudley and the ill-fated Earl of Essex and playing for time to stabilize a country still torn by religious divide. He discovers the contradictory characters of these advocates of caution who nevertheless took great person risks, such as William's role in the execution of Mary Queen of Scots and Robert's secret negotiations with James VI of Scotland before Elizabeth's death. Yet these principled public servants who put the interests of the State before their ownstill amassed large personal wealth, and relished its display at their great houses of Burghley, Theobalds and Hatfield. This is a fascinating portrait of men who shaped an extraordinary age.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.21" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.26" Weight: 1.72 lbs.
Release Date Dec 12, 2007
Publisher National Archives
ISBN 1905615205 ISBN13 9781905615209
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More About David Loades
David Loades is one of the leading historians of the Tudor monarchy. He is the author of the definitive biography of Elizabeth's half-sister, Mary Tudor: A Life (1989), and of The Tudor Court (second edition, 2003). He is Honorary Research Professor at the University of Sheffield and Director of the British Academy John Foxe Project.
David Loades has an academic affiliation as follows - Formerly University of Wales, Bangor University of Wales, Bangor Forme.