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Lord Burghley and Queen Elizabeth

Read, Conyers

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1960
Condition: Good Hardcover
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603 pages. 26 cm. Portraits, Facsimiles. Notes. Index. DJ worn, soiled, with edge tears and large chip missing at top front. Conyers Read (April 25, 1881 - December 24, 1959) was an American historian who specialized in the History of England in the 15th and 16th centuries. A professor of history at the universities of Chicago and Pennsylvania, he was president of the American Historical Association for the year 1949-1950. In WWII, he was lead officer of the British Empire section of the Office of Strategic Services research and analysis branch, predecessor of the CIA, for which task he was recruited by his fellow Harvard historian William L. Langer. Read retired in 1951 and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. This was to support the writing of a new biography of William Cecil. The first volume was Mr. Secretary Cecil and Queen Elizabeth and was awarded a Folger Shakespeare Library prize. The second volume, published posthumously, was Lord Burghley and Queen Elizabeth. Sequel to Mr. Secretary Cecil and Queen Elizabeth. As Lord Treasurer, Lord Burghley not only administered the royal finances, but he presided as well over the Court of Exchequer. In that capacity, as also in his Mastership of the Court of Wards, he occupied an important place in the English judiciary. But he was above all things a counsellor; the oldest, in point of service, of all Elizabeth's counsellors and the one upon whom she leaned most heavily. It may almost be said that Elizabeth never made an important decision in matters of policy without first consulting him. And much of the policy which emerged from those consultations was based upon his advice. He grew physically feeble as he grew older. During the last five years of his life he had to be carried wherever he went, and in the last year he was very deaf. His mental powers remained undiminished. In his seventy-eighth year, he was still sitting with the Privy Council, still presiding in the Court of Exchequer and the Court of Wards. Bookseller Inventory # 59463

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Title: Lord Burghley and Queen Elizabeth

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1960

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: poor

Edition: The History Book Club Edition.

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