Robert Cecil slightly deformed with a hunchback which is said to be the result of being dropped by his nursemaid. He was extremely sensitive about his looks. The appearance of Robert Cecil in 1588 was described in Motley's History of the Netherlands as follows:
"A slight, crooked, hump-backed young gentleman, dwarfish in stature, but with a face not irregular in feature, and thoughtful and subtle in expression, with reddish hair, a thin tawny beard, and large, pathetic, greenish-coloured eyes, with a mind and manners already trained to courts and cabinets, and with a disposition almost ingenuous, as compared to the massive dissimulation with which it was to be contrasted, and with what was, in aftertimes, to constitute a portion of his own character..."
Facts & History about the life of Robert Cecil - Diplomat, Politician and Statesman
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