The Queen's Agent


    Modern History

    The Queen's Agent

    Sir Francis Walsingham and the Rise of Espionage in Elizabethan England

    John Cooper

    Pegasus 2013

    Hardback 387pp Illustrated

    9781605984100   Product Code: 23200

    Elizabeth I's ambassador, principal secretary and chief of security, Sir Francis Walsingham (c1530-c1590) is well-known as a spymaster, pioneer in cryptography and an expert in 'turning' enemies into double agents. This study of his career tells the story of Walsingham's secret agents, cryptic codes and ingenious plots, but also explores his devotion to the Queen and the task of protecting her, even when that meant authorizing the execution of Mary Stuart or the murder of Catholic radicals.

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