Welcome to the information site for The Cecil Papers, a collection of full-colour scanned documents, digitised directly from the original Cecil Papers manuscripts at Hatfield House Archives.

Almost 30,000 documents, assembled mainly by William Cecil, Lord Burghley and his son Robert, the 1st Earl of Salisbury, provide crucial insights into domestic politics and foreign affairs during the period 1520-1668.

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Selection of papers from The Cecil Parers collection.

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