Alien diplomat

Dr Hector Nunes, a Portuguese physician who had received a bachelor’s degree in medicine from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, on 7 July 1543,1 emigrated to England in 154?.2 Alone, a Portuguese alien in a strange land, it is my contention that as soon as he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London on 5 July 15543 he sought immediate acceptance from the social and political elite of Elizabethan London by using his medical skills to treat influential members of the government. Dr Nunes treated Lord and Lady Burghley between 1578 and 1585,4 Sir John Perrott, Lord Deputy for Ireland, in 1585s and Dr Thomas Wilson, a member of the Privy Council, in 1580.6 In addition, he utilized his overseas commercial connections and foreign trade to convey intelligence data to Lord Burghley, Treasurer of England, and his subordinate, Sir Francis Walsingham, Principal Secretary of Queen Elizabeth

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