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The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I

John Cooper

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Faber & Faber
01 September 2012
History; British & Irish history; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700; Espionage & secret services
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 encourages 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.
By:   John Cooper
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   345g
ISBN:   9780571218271
ISBN 10:   057121827X
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   01 September 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Cooper studied and taught History at Oxford before moving to the University of York. His first book explored the power of propaganda in Tudor England, and he co-edited the catalogue of the 'Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill' exhibition at the Tower of London. He is currently working on the sixteenth-century Palace of Westminster. John enjoys giving public lectures on the Tudors and writing for the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in North Yorkshire with his wife, the author Suzanne Fagence Cooper, and their two daughters.

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