The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I

The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I

by John Cooper


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A captivating exploits of Sir Francis Walsingham—the first great English spymaster and the man who saved Elizabeth I's regime.

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 his queen and country. He ran a network of agents across England and Europe who provided him with information about invasions or assassination plots. He encouraged Elizabeth to make war against the Catholic Irish rebels and oversaw the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.

The Queen's Agentis 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605985336
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/11/2013
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 732,929
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John Coopertaught History at Oxford before moving to the University of York.John often lectures on the Tudor Period and is a regular contributor to theTimes Literary Supplement. He lives in North Yorkshire.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Map xi

Prologue 1

1 Exodus 5

2 Massacre at Paris 37

3 Armed with Innocence 84

4 The English Mission 126

5 Security Services 157

6 Bonds and Ciphers 190

7 Western Planting 234

8 Eleventh Hour 289

Acknowledgements 326

Notes 327

Index 357

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