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Through 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 Details

ISBN: 9780750931229
ISBN-10: 0750931221
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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