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Sir Francis Walsingham : a courtier in an age of terror

Author: Derek Wilson
Publisher: London : Constable, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An age of terror gripped England in the reign of Elizabeth I. The Protestant throne was under continual attack both at home and abroad and, while Catholic armies threatened the borders, Jesuit plots and conspiracies erupted throughout the nation. At the heart of this conflict stood Sir Francis Walsingham." "Tradition has painted Walsingham as a man of infinite mystery, the crown's Machiavellian 'Spymaster', born at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Francis Walsingham, Sir; Francis Walsingham, Sir
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Wilson
ISBN: 9781845291389 1845291387 9780786720873 0786720875
OCLC Number: 163337612
Description: xii, 274 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Derek Wilson.
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During the brief reign of the Queen Mary, 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  Read more...

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