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During the brief reign of the Queen Mary, Francis Walsingham was a Protestant exile in Italy. Returning home when Elizabeth assumed the throne, from 1570 he became a diplomat to the arch-pragmatist queen. He was often troubled by her inconsistent policy decisions and for allowing the exile in England of Mary Queen of Scots. His triumph came in 1587 when Mary was at last beheaded after the cunning defeat of the Babington plot. A powerful, if enigmatic figure, loathed by his adversaries and deeply admired by friends and allies, Walsingham became the master coordinator of a feared pan-European spy network. His spies underpinned his organization of national resistance to the Spanish Armada, but devotion and duty to Elizabeth was costly, and Walsingham died two years later in penury. Historian and storyteller Derek Wilson delves deeply into the life of a fascinating and highly influential figure, bringing us tales of deceit, betrayal, and loyalty along the way; popular history of the highest caliber.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780786720873
ISBN-10: 0786720875
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 153mm x 28mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc
Publish Date: 24-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Derek Wilson

Derek Wilson is a prolific author and is best known for his historical works such as the award-winning The Circumnavigators, In the Lion's Court, and most recently, All the King's Women. He is married with three adult children, and works from his homes in Devon, England and Normandy, France. To learn more about him and his current and forthcoming activities, visit his website:

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