Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair

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Set between 1583 and 1586 during the reign of Elizabeth I, this is a true story of espionage and intrigue. At this time in England the war between Catholics and Protestants was undeclared, but there were those who would have the Protestant Elizabeth assassinated and the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots, brought to the throne. Amongst the conspirators are poets, scholars and courtiers, but the intrigue centres around the identity of an informer to the Secretary of State. He was known as Henry Fagot, and the author of this book offers evidence pointing to his identity as Giordano Bruno, the most celebrated philosopher of his age. The book won the 1991 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction and was joint winner of the 1991 Wolfson Foundation History Prize.

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"Bossy combines meticulous research with a lively style and guides the reader.. to some startling conclusions." -- Andrew Roberts, Sunday Telegraph

"Bossy opens up a startling new angle on certain secret operations of the mid-1580s ... A triumph of close historical focus." -- Charles Nicholl, London Review of Books

"Bossy's creative, thoroughly researched and engaging work emulates the investigative style of the best detective fiction." -- Deborah E. Harkness, Sixteenth Century Journal

"Mr. Bossy's erudition is so great, his virtuosity in handling it so enviable, the story he tells so fascinating." -- H. R. Trevor-Roper, New York Review of Books

"Read the book. It is, quite simply, brilliant." -- Susan Brigden, Country Life

"This book is a detective story told by a masterly historian." -- Diarmaid MacCulloch, New Statesman & Society

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John Bossy, emeritus professor of history at the University of York, is also the author of Under the Molehill: An Elizabethan Spy Story (ISBN 0 300 0, new NB paperback, [pound]7.99*), published by Yale University Press.

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