Hasn't every little girl wished she could have been a princess or queen and been rescued by a knight in his shining armor? Being a queen sounds like so much fun, having servants, and lady's maids, people waiting on you, men admiring you.
By Presumably William Scrots - wartburg.edu, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=686176
The Spanish Armada has been defeated but he fears that they could try again. What better way than to remove the queen?
So William Cecil keeps a spy ring that infiltrates wealthy homes, churches, businesses, and reaches into other countries. He's like the modern day James
Bond or maybe better yet, Bond's boss, "M". He is always one step ahead of the enemy and the assassination attempts.
By Hans Eworth - World Wide Web, sorry, I can't remember the exact page, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=629102
|Mary of the Scots|
By François Clouet - YQExprz3sIBJ8A at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22127280
William Cecil realized the threat which Mary still held and wanted her executed. With much convincing Elizabeth agrees but then withdraws that agreement. Cecil has left and whether he chooses not acknowledge Elizabeth's decision not to execute her cousin or whether he really doesn't receive the note, he moves forward and has Mary put to death. I have read that there is question if Elizabeth really wanted the decision taken out of her hands so didn't radically pursue things when she withdrew the right to execute Mary. Whether that is just folklore or truth I don't know. I've read both. But the one thing we know is Elizabeth is so distraught when Cecil returns and tells her it is too late, Mary is dead. Elizabeth is full of grief and probably guilt. She turns that anger on William Cecil, her long time friend, companion, and chief advistor. She can't execute him but what she does do perhaps was worse for William. She removed him from his position and power. William Cecil, the man who had saved his queen 7 times, who had infiltrated so many enemy homes and businesses, no longer held any political power.
But Willaim Cecil was a cunning man and he knew that there were only 2 men in England that were fit for that job and he made a point to see that the other man received the position--Robert Cecil, his son. Robert would end up being even more shrewd and even devious than his father.
Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon's #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 5 horses, 3 dogs, a miniature donkey, and 10 peking ducks.
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