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Cecil Papers

The Cecil Papers are a privately held archive, consisting principally of the correspondence of William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598) and his son, Robert, the 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612). These two men dominated the administration of government during the reign of Elizabeth I, to the extent that critics suggested that England was becoming a regnum Cecilianum. The collection documents their various official roles.

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