Privy Councillors

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    • Sir William Cecil
      • Appointed: 1558
      • A moderate Protestant
      • Made Secretary of State (1558), Lord Burghley (1571) and Lord Treasurer (1572).
      • Loyal adviser for 40 years.
    • Sir Francis Walsingham
      • Helped discover the Ridolfi plot in 1571.
      • A strong Puritan
      • Knighted (1577) and put in charge of E's secret service- controlled a network of spies.
      • 1586: discovered Mary was involved in the Babington plot.
      • Appointed: 1573
    • Robert Dudley
      • Appointed: 1562
      • Childhood friends with Elizabeth and she called him her 'sweet Robin'.
      • A Puritan
      • Made Earl of Leicester (1564) and commander of army sent to the Netherlands (1585) but returned due to quarrels with generals
    • Sir Christopher Hatton
      • Appointed: 1577
      • Elizabeth gave him several government jobs and land (1561)
      • A moderate Protestant.
      • Knighted (1577) and made Lord Chancellor (1587).
      • Organised progresses, helped pass laws and control MPs.
    • Robert Deveruex
      • Appointed: 1593
      • Fought in the Netherlands, France and Spain.
      • 1601: led a rebellion and executed for treason.

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