Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, 1563-1612 : servant of two sovereigns /
Alan Haynes.
London : P. Owen, 1989.
239 p., [4] p. of plates : ill.
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London : P. Owen, 1989.
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Spine title: Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 218-232).
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-01:
Hunchbacked and short of stature, Robert Cecil was easily overshadowed by the flamboyance of such contemporaries as Essex, Walter Raleigh, and Francis Bacon; but what he lacked in showmanship he made up for in quiet, thorough planning and attention to detail. Carefully tutored by his father, Lord Burghley, Robert emerged as Elizabeth's chief minister in her last years. He engineered the royal succession of James I and piloted his new master during the first years of the new reign. As Principal Secretary and Lord Treasurer, Robert Cecil became the most powerful and capable of James's ministers. Haynes's biography, the first since 1915, will prove useful to students of the period. Covering aspects of both his private life and his political career, Haynes's discussions of the major political crises and Cecil's role in them are nicely done; his conclusions are reasonable. Recommended for undergraduate and graduate collections. -J. W. Weingart, Whitman College
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The first full-length study of the man who contrived the succession of James VI of Scotland to the English throne, following the death of Elizabeth I.

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