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Queen’s Agent

John Cooper

The Queen’s Agent by John Cooper is the definitive book about Francis Walsingham, the first great English spy master and the man who saved Elizabeth’s regime and England’s independence.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571218271
Date Published
05.07.2012
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Summary

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.

JohnCooper

John Cooper studied and taught history at Oxford before moving to the University of York. His first book explored the power of propaganda in Tudor England, and he co-edited the catalogue of the ‘Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill’ exhibition at the Tower of London. He is currently working on the sixteenth-century Palace of Westminster. John regularly gives public lectures on…

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