Elizabeth was an especially intelligent ruler

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Elizabeth was an especially intelligent ruler. However, many intelligent rulers try to do all  the work without assistance and surround themselves with incompetent people who will  offer mere sycophantic praise rather than true advice. Elizabeth was not prey to this  failing, and recognized the need to surround herself with able and shrewd advisors who  would be willing to disagree with her when she was wrong. Her willingness and ability to  make use of talented advisors, particularly Lord Burleigh (William Cecil) and Francis  Walsingham, was one of the factors that most contributed to the "greatness" of her  reign. While she worked herself very hard, she demanded even more sustained effort  from her advisors, several of whom she worked to the point of ill health. Early on, the only thing Burleigh and Elizabeth never could seem to agree on was the  issue of marriage. Burleigh believed that marriage, and the production of an heir, was 
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