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William Cecil
William Cecil
Biographical Information
In History: William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley
Title: 1st Baron Burghley

Lord Burghley

Born: September 13, 1520
Age: 40
Height: 6'2
Gender: Male Male
Nationality: English Flag - England
Status: Alive
Religion: Protestant
Originally From: Lincolnshire, England
Current Location: London, England
Affiliations: English Court

Queen Elizabeth

Relationship Information
Character Information
First Appearance: Betrothed
Last Appearance: Succession
Portrayed By: Tom Everett Scott

"You must rule your own heart as firmly as you rule your subjects."
William Cecil

William Cecil is the trusted advisor to Queen Elizabeth. He gives her advice and guidance for both her personal and political life. He believes she needs to marry and have an heir to ensure her family line.


Season 3[]

Three Queens, Two Tigers
William Cecil insisted Queen Elizabeth find a husband of higher rank than Lord Dudley, as she was the daughter of a king. Legitimate or illegitimate, royal blood flowed in her veins and it was time she found herself a husband.

Later, Elizabeth is talking with him again. He notes she been tense ever since Mary's half brother, James, refused to push for her abdication, ruining their plan.

William Cecil informed Queen Elizabeth that Queen Mary's friend, Lady Lola, had agreed to be her hostage in exchange for her family's release. She was already placed on a boat headed to England.

Bruises That Lie
Queen Elizabeth confides in William that her inability to be with the one she loves does not mean no one else cannot be. She sends Agatha to her father, Gideon Blackburn in France and releases Lola's family.


  • Is revealed to have been in love with Queen Elizabeth, and secretly forced her abortion using poison. [1] [2]

Historical Notes[]


Season Three
Three Queens, Two Tigers Betrothed Extreme Measures The Price In a Clearing Fight or Flight The Hound and the Hare Our Undoing Wedlock
Bruises That Lie Succession No Way Out Strange Bedfellows To The Death Safe Passage Clans Intruders Spiders in a Jar

Related Pages[]

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