Elizabeth's Spy Master: Francis Walsingham and the Secret War That Saved England

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Francis Walsingham was the first 'spymaster' in the modern sense. His methods anticipated those of MI5 and MI6 and even those of the KGB. He maintained a network of spies across Europe, including double-agents at the highest level in Rome and Spain - the sworn enemies of Queen Elizabeth and her protestant regime. His entrapment of Mary Queen of Scots is a classic intelligence operation that resulted in her execution. As Robert Hutchinson reveals, his cypher experts, ability to intercept other peoples' secret messages and his brilliant forged letters made him a fearsome champion of the young Elizabeth. Yet even this machiavellian schemer eventually fell foul of Elizabeth as her confidence grew (and judgement faded). The rise and fall of Sir Francis Walsingham is a Tudor epic, vividly narrated by a historian with unique access to the surviving documentary evidence.

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Robert Hutchinson was defence correspondent for the Press Association 1976-83 before moving to Jane's Information Group to launch JANE'S DEFENCE WEEKLY. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a contributing author to THE ARCHAELOGY OF THE REFORMATION.

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An accessible, authoritative account of Francis Walsingham's life and work. Written with a sense of the dramatic... The author is very good at evoking the atmosphere of suspicion and paranoia during Elizabeth's reign and seems to relish describing the methods of torture at Walsingham's disposal and the brutality of the age. It makes Elizabethan statecraft immediate and entertaining. THE BOOK MAGAZINE Robert Hutchinson's lucid and learned volume gives us a vivid portrait of Walsingham... an excellent book. -- Frank McLynn INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Walsingham emerges from these pages as a hero of epic stature. DAILY TELEGRAPH compelling LITERARY REVIEW Hutchinson neatly combines his expert knowledge with an impressive narrative suspense and mordant sense of humour... A darkly informative read. WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY The story told here is intense and compelling. BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE Impeccably researched... the author has constructed what almost amounts to a thriller in this gripping narrative. GOOD BOOK GUIDE full of stimulating detail... vivid glimpses of the world of Elizabethan espionage -- Simon Callow THE GUARDIAN superb research THE TABLET by shining a light into the murky world he inhabited , the author grants [Walsingham] his proper place in English history. THIS ENGLAND the strength of this book lies in its combination of brilliant original research with a compelling narrative. HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW

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