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William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

1520 - 1598

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William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (13 September 1520 – 4 August 1598) was an English statesman, the chief adviser of Queen Elizabeth I for most of her reign, twice Secretary of State (1550–1553 and 1558–1572) and Lord High Treasurer from 1572. In his description in the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, A.F. Pollard wrote, "From 1558 for forty years the biography of Cecil is almost indistinguishable from that of Elizabeth and from the history of England."Cecil set as the main goal of English policy the creation of a united and Protestant British Isles. His methods were to complete the control of Ireland, and to forge an alliance with Scotland. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley has received more than 1,651,589 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley is the 5,073rd most popular politician (up from 5,315th in 2019), the 1,071st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,174th in 2019) and the 184th most popular British Politician.

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Among politicians, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley ranks 5,073 out of 15,577Before him are Olaf I of Denmark, Franz Seldte, Rudolph I of Burgundy, Francesc Macià, Alexios Komnenos, and Margareta of Romania. After him are Pavel Milyukov, Emperor Buretsu, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Axayacatl, Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, and Alfonso IV of León.

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Among people born in 1520, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley ranks 11Before him are Barbara Radziwiłł, Koca Sinan Pasha, Christophe Plantin, Alessandro Farnese, Madeleine of Valois, and Matthias Flacius. After him are Thoinot Arbeau, Dorothea of Denmark, Electress Palatine, Moses Isserles, Aben Humeya, Pedro Cieza de León, and Diego de Almagro II. Among people deceased in 1598, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley ranks 8Before him are Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Feodor I of Russia, Yi Sun-sin, Abraham Ortelius, Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland, and John George, Elector of Brandenburg. After him are Abdullah Khan II, Theodor de Bry, Paolo Boi, Henri Estienne, Philips of Marnix, Lord of Saint-Aldegonde, and Benito Arias Montano.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley ranks 1,071 out of 7,765Before him are Ross Brawn (1954), Michael Nyman (1944), Alice Bailey (1880), Henry Royce (1863), PJ Harvey (1969), and A. J. Ayer (1910). After him are Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom (1868), Mary de Bohun (1369), Inigo Jones (1573), Unity Mitford (1914), Shirley Bassey (1937), and Ricky Gervais (1961).

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