Her Majesty's Spymaster

Her Majesty's Spymaster

Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage

Book - 2006
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Penguin Putnam
Sir Francis Walsingham’s official title was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, but in fact this pious, tight-lipped Puritan was England’s first spymaster. A ruthless, fiercely loyal civil servant, Walsingham worked brilliantly behind the scenes to foil Elizabeth’s rival Mary Queen of Scots and outwit Catholic Spain and France, which had arrayed their forces behind her. Though he cut an incongruous figure in Elizabeth’s worldly court, Walsingham managed to win the trust of key players like William Cecil and the Earl of Leicester before launching his own secret campaign against the queen’s enemies. Covert operations were Walsingham’s genius; he pioneered techniques for exploiting double agents, spreading disinformation, and deciphering codes with the latest code-breaking science that remain staples of international espionage.

Baker & Taylor
A dramatic narrative of the career of Queen Elizabeth I's intelligence operative documents how he helped the monarch outmaneuver Catholic Spain and France by pioneering techniques that served to expose double agents, spread disinformation, and decipher codes. By the author of Battle of Wits. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking : Plume, 2006, c2005
ISBN: 9780452287471
Characteristics: xvii, 235 p., [8] p. of plates : ill ; 22 cm


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Mar 18, 2013

Interesting. Sometimes strays from the actual point of the book (i.e., telling about Walsingham's spying escapades), but overall very god read. Good reference materials such as lists of characters, maps, etc.

Dec 06, 2011

For those with a basic knowledge of Elizabethan history, this is an interesting book. Note that although the Queen is a major presence (along with Mary Queen of Scots), it's really about Walsingham.

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