Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth's second key advisor, was quite different from Burleigh, but also extremely capable. A fanatical Protestant, Walsingham did not have nearly the same personal admiration for Elizabeth that Lord Burleigh had. Nonetheless, Walsingham had a powerful sense of duty and was so utterly devoted to England as a nation that he served Elizabeth with supreme loyalty. Although they did not see eye-to-eye on all matters, Elizabeth replaced Burleigh with Walsingham as Secretary of State in 1572, making him her most crucial advisor. Walsingham specialized in organizing spies. He built an intelligence network that kept Elizabeth aware of many of the most secret plots and machinations throughout both England and Europe. Although Elizabeth found his fanatical Protestantism distasteful, this flaw was more than outweighed by Walsingham's ability as a master of espionage.
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