Elizabethan Spymaster and Statesman
By (author) Alan Haynes
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Walsingham by Alan Haynes
Book DescriptionThrough his talented spies Walsingham built a case against Mary through her letters - which are suspected now to have been forged by Walsingham himself - and which eventually brought about a death warrant for Mary from Elizabeth. He later discovered information about the attack of the Spanish Armada - which was sent by an outraged King Philip of Spain who accused Elizabeth of regicide. Yet in later years, Elizabeth all but ignored her spymaster. Walsingham, distrusted for being too powerful and having information that might implicate others in Mary's demise, was removed from office. He died penniless two years later.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750931229
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alan Haynes
Gunpowder Plot, Paperback (September 2010)
This enthralling book will grip the general reader, while the scope of its detailed research will require historians of the period to consider again the commanding importance of the plot throughout the seventeenth century.
Elizabethan Secret Services, Paperback (May 2009)
Presents an account of the 'secret services' operated by the great men of Elizabethan England. This book challenges many stale notions about espionage in Renaissance England.
Walsingham, Paperback (August 2007)» View all books by Alan Haynes
Walsingham, Elizabeth's spymaster had established an extensive spy network the world had ever seen, placing secret agents throughout Europe, especially in the Catholic courts of Spain, Italy, and France, to ferret out Catholic plots against Elizabeth. Yet Elizabeth ignored her spymaster. Walsingham, distrusted for being too powerful.
UK Kirkus Review » Alan Haynes is the renowned author of several other books on Elizabethan and seventeenth-century history, and here he turns his attention upon Sir Francis Walsingham, diplomat to Elizabeth, Queen of England. Walsingham, a Protestant exile in Italy before Elizabeth was crowned in 1558, allowed himself to be drawn into public life in England but was often troubled by Elizabeth's political indecisiveness and the fact that she backed the exile of Mary, Queen of Scots. His triumphant moment came when Mary was beheaded after the defeat of the Babington plot and Walsingham found himself co-ordinating and masterminding a feared spy network. From hereon after, he was known less as Elizabeth's 'most formidable minister' and more as a 'spymaster of legendary acumen'. The constant strain of acting in secret and staying devoted to his Queen, made Walsingham a martyr to ill health and cost him his life at the age of sixty. Haynes restores one of the great Elizabethans to his rightful place in history with this book about 'a private man, quietly authoritative in his work and aloof from the frivolities of the court' who refused for himself 'the elaborate funeral to which he was entitled'. Instead, Walsingham was buried by torchlight in the dead of night. Haynes's excellent book is written in a lively style and has a comprehensive bibliography and informative footnotes. The only shame is that the illustrations to this colourful book are in black-and-white. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Alan Haynes
Alan Haynes is a prolific writer on Elizabethan and seventeenth century history. A member of the Royal Historical Society, his other books include The Elizabethan Secret Services, Sex in Elizabethan England and The Gunpowder Plot.
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