Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

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ISBN 0-316-85970-2), as malevolently self-centred, exploiting the plot to try to bolster his own position in face of his unpopularity.
  • He is a minor character in the children's novel Cue for Treason by Geoffrey Trease, where he is portrayed positively.
  • Robert Cecil is portrayed sympathetically in the historical mystery series featuring Joan and Matthew Stock, written by Leonard Tourney, where he is a patron to the main characters. The first novel is The Players' Boy is Dead.
  • Sir Robert Cecil features prominently in Irish playwright Thomas Kilroy's play The O'Neill (1969), in which Kilroy uses Cecil to challenge the myth surrounding Gaelic Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, just after the latter's victory over the English at The Yellow Ford. Cecil's dramatic function is to demonstrate the complexity of history as opposed to simplistic pieties that would turn O'Neill into yet another victim of the English. Cecil 'obliges' O'Neill to reenact the past so the audience witnesses the moral dilemma of a man torn between two cultures and keenly aware of the advance of modernity in a troubled political, cultural and religious context.
  • He is portrayed by Tim McInnerny in the 2004 TV mini series Gunpowder, Treason & Plot .
  • He is portrayed unsympathetically, yet quite humanly by Edward Hogg as a malevolent hunchbacked villain in Roland Emmerich's movie Anonymous (2001).
  • He was a major character at the 2012 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, portrayed by actor Nate Betancourt. [53]
  • He was a major character at the 2012 New York Renaissance Faire, portrayed by actor J. Robert Coppola [54]
  • He is portrayed sympathetically in the novel 1610 by Mary Gentle.
  • He is mentioned in Red Winter of the Tapestry series, as a figure possessed by Astaroth.
  • He was played by Christopher Peck in the premiere of the musical Remember Remember by Lewes Operatic Society in Autumn 2008.
  • In the BBC TV miniseries Elizabeth I's Secret Agents (2017, broadcast on PBS in 2018 as Queen Elizabeth's Secret Agents), he is played by British actor Kevin James. [55]
  • He was a major character at the 1995 in the Czech TV miniseries From pranks about queens (Z hříček o královnách) in episode Queen pack of Dogs (Královnina smečka psů), portrayed by actor Ondřej Vetchý. [56]
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    The Earl of Salisbury
    KG PC
    Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury by John De Critz the Elder (2).jpg
    The Earl of Salisbury by John de Critz the Elder c. 1602
    Lord High Treasurer
    In office
    4 May 1608 24 May 1612
    Political offices
    Preceded byas acting secretary Secretary of State
    With: John Herbert 1600–1612
    Succeeded by
    In commission
    Title last held by
    Sir Thomas Heneage
    Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
    In commission
    Title next held by
    Sir John Fortescue
    Preceded by Lord Privy Seal
    Succeeded by
    Preceded by Lord High Treasurer
    In commission
    Academic offices
    Preceded by Chancellor of the University of Dublin
    Succeeded by
    Honorary titles
    Title last held by
    The Lord Burghley
    Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire
    Succeeded by
    Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Dorset
    With: The Earl of Suffolk
    Succeeded by
    Peerage of England
    New creation Earl of Salisbury
    Succeeded by
    Viscount Cranborne
    Baron Cecil
    Head of State of the Isle of Man
    Preceded by Lord of Mann
    Succeeded by