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

    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, 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 encourage 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.

    Part of the Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens exhibition range.

    Find out more about the exhibition https://www.bl.uk/events/elizabeth-and-mary

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    Author: John Cooper

    Brand: Faber & Faber

    Number of pages: 416 pages

    Binding: Paperback