The Queen's Agent: Sir Francis Walsingham and the Rise of Espionage in Elizabethan England

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Pegasus Books, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 375 pages
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Elizabeth I came to the throne at a time of insecurity and unrest. Rivals threatened her reign; England was a Protestant island, isolated in a sea of Catholic countries. Spain plotted an invasion, but Elizabeth's Secretary, Sir Francis Walsingham, was prepared to do whatever it took to protect her. He ran a network of agents in England and Europe who provided him with information about invasions or assassination plots. He recruited likely young men and 'turned' others. He encouraged Elizabeth to make war against the Catholic Irish rebels, with extreme brutality, and oversaw the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.  

The Queen's Agent is a story of secret agents, cryptic codes and ingenious plots, set in a turbulent period of England's history. It is also the story of a man devoted to his queen, sacrificing his every waking hour to save the threatened English state.

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This was an interesting description of the life and times of Francis Walsingham, a man who rose to power in the court of Elizabeth I, at a time of great threatened instability from enemies both within ... Read full review

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Francis Walsingham was Principal Secretary to Queen Elizabeth I and ran a network of informers across Europe to support him. He used the intelligence he received to thwart a number of threats to ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

John Coopernbsp;taught History at Oxford before moving to the University of York.nbsp;John often lectures on the Tudor Period and is a regular contributor to thenbsp;Times Literary Supplement. He lives in North Yorkshire.

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