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The Tudors - William Cecil, 1520-98

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Neil Younger (Open University) explores the life and career of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley. In the first module, we look at Cecil’s early career, surveying the historiographical backdrop to this key minister and tracing the development of his political career, from a young Cambridge student, to a key figure in the governments of Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. In the second and third modules we look at two key decades of Cecil’s career, focusing on the 1560s in module two, then shifting to the 1580s in module three. In module four, we then take a closer look at the Anglo-Spanish War, considering its impact upon both the foreign and domestic policies of the Elizabethan government. Finally, in module five, we conclude our lecture series by thinking about the end of Cecil’s life, what he achieved, and the legacy that he left behind.

About the Lecturer

Professor Norman Jones is Emeritus Professor of History at Utah State University. His research focuses on early modern English religion, law and culture. His most recent publications include, Governing by Virtue: Lord Burghley and the Management of Elizabethan England (2015) and the co-authored volume The Elizabethan World (2014).