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Royal Historical Society Camden Fifth Series
  • ISSN: 0960-1163 (Print), 1478-5110 (Online)
  • Editors: Professor Andrew Spicer Oxford Brookes University, UK and Professor Richard Toye University of Exeter, UK
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The Royal Historical Society (and its predecessor body, the Camden Society) has since 1838 published editions of sources on British History. The publication is ongoing (two volumes per annum) and is now published in association with Cambridge University Press. Almost the entire archive is now available through Cambridge Journals Online. Go to entry for Royal Society Transactions to see full details

VOLUME 53. The Letters of Lord Burghley, William Cecil, to his son Sir Robert Cecil, 1593–1598

William Cecil, Lord Burghley's 128 letters to his son Sir Robert Cecil in Cambridge University Library Manuscript Ee.3.56 are the largest collection of papers showing the close direction and counsel he gave his son in seeking and obtaining the office of Principal Secretary, 1593-8. The materials concentrate on the task of receiving and crafting a wide and large array of papers on behalf of the queen and privy council: finance, administration, foreign policy and religion figure prominently as does the shift from continental war to Ireland. These letters give an intimate perspective of their intimate relationship: Burghley's care for family, thoughts of death, a unique record of illness and old age are framed by his political and spiritual anxieties for the future of the queen and her realms.


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