With Mary I dead

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With Mary I dead, Queen Elizabeth I became ruler of England at the age of 25. Mary  had left the kingdom a divided mess, and now Elizabeth undertook the task of repairing  it. Almost immediately, she made Sir William Cecil, who had already proved his loyalty to  her, Secretary of State. William, later given the title Earl of Burleigh, would remain  perhaps her most trusted advisor throughout her life. Another close friend of the new  queen was Lord Robert Dudley, to whom Elizabeth was very emotionally attached.  Although she loved Dudley dearly, she was also prudent enough not to put him in a  position of too much power: she made him Master of the Horse, an easy, decorative  office that allowed Elizabeth to keep him close to her. Elizabeth's recognition procession and coronation took place amidst much pomp and  spectacle on January 15, 1559. Glimpsing Elizabeth, the people treated the Queen as 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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