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The Tudor Society

September 13 – The birth of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

On this day in Tudor history, 13th September 1520, in the reign of King Henry VIII, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, was born in Bourne in Lincolnshire.

William Cecil was Queen Elizabeth I's chief advisor and a man she called her "spirit".

Cecil is a fascinating man whose court career took him from serving King Edward VI to Queen Elizabeth I.

Find out more about him...

And here's a video on his beloved wife, Mildred:

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September 13 – The birth of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley