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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 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.
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'A superb new account of Walsingham and the Tudor age, paints a John le Carre-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.' --Sunday Telegraph
'Fascinating ... John Cooper neither vilifies nor lionises his subject, preferring to set his actions in context ... Cooper does not neglect other less well-known aspects of Walsingham's career ... Cooper'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'.' --Literary Review
The definitive book about Francis Walsingham, the first great English spymaster and the man who saved Elizabeth's regime and England's independence.
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Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 2011. Condizione: new. Shiny and new! Expect delivery in 20 days. Codice articolo 9780571218264-1
Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione: New. Brand New!. Codice articolo VIB0571218261