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

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A captivating chronicle of the exploits of Sir Francis Walsingham—the first great English spymaster and the man who saved Elizabeth’s regime and the country’s independence. 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.

About John Cooper

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John Cooper átaught History at Oxford before moving to the University of York.áJohn often lectures on the Tudor Period and is a regular contributor to theáTimes Literary Supplement. He lives in North Yorkshire.
Published February 5, 2013 by Pegasus Books. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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It was a life that spanned one of the more turbulent periods in English history: during the Tudor era, England moved away from the Roman Catholic Church to establish a separate Church of England, with the monarch as its head.

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In the time of Elizabeth I, 16th-century England was in turmoil – Protestants against Catholics, wars with Spain, and a further outbreak of the plague, to name but a few of the problems facing the monarch.

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Sir Francis Walsingham, the queen he served and the age in which they lived make for compulsive reading in two new books.

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