Elizabethan era, Privy Council, English government
One of the least understood facts of Elizabethan administrative history is the importance of the clerkship of the Privy Council. Considered a position of "no small esteem," this "office was singularly rich in men of distinction." Indeed, with the exception of a select few privy councilors, it was the Council clerks who handled the lion's share of the day-to-day business of English government.
Platt, F. J.
"The Elizabethan Clerk of the Privy Council,"
Quidditas: Vol. 3
, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/rmmra/vol3/iss1/10