The Queen's Agent: Sir Francis Walsingham and the Rise of Espionage in Elizabethan England Kindle Edition

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The featured functionary in Stephen Alford’s recent history (The Watchers, 2012) of Elizabeth I’s intelligence service, Francis Walsingham here receives the full biographical treatment. In a fluid narrative tightly sewn from historical sources, Cooper portrays a man utterly confident of his religious righteousness and ruthlessly effective against those his sovereign’s regime regarded as enemies. Raised in a Protestant household, Walsingham fled England during the brief Catholic restoration in the reign of Elizabeth’s half sister, Mary I. Returning from exile upon the 1558 ascension to the throne of Elizabeth, Walsingham began an ascent in royal favor. It was as Elizabeth’s ambassador in Paris that Walsingham witnessed the 1572 St. Bartholomew’s massacre of Protestants by Catholics, a trauma that Cooper implies, by making it his opening scene, as an explanation for Walsingham’s subsequently pitiless pursuit of Catholic recusants, suspected assassins, and Mary, Queen of Scots. In addition to the espionage that accounts for Walsingham’s enduring interest to history fans, Cooper critiques his role in English settlement, or colonization, of Ireland. This well-wrought work will be popular with Elizabethans. --Gilbert Taylor

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“A superb new account of Walsingham and the Tudor age that paints a John le Carré–like world of double dealing and intrigue. In pages of crisp prose and with punctilious scholarship and vivid storytelling, The Queen’s Agent brilliantly recreates Elizabethan England in all its cloak-and-dagger intrigue and glory. George Smiley would have liked it.” —The Sunday Telegraph

“Fascinating. John Cooper neither vilifies nor lionizes his subject, preferring to set his actions in context. The author’s lucid and readable study of this ‘most subtle searcher of hidden secrets’ does much to show that Walsingham’s work was odious though necessary.” —The Literary Review

Product details

  • File Size: 2896 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 057121827X
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books (February 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFB5MVQ
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