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Her Majesty's Spymaster Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage

ISBN-10: 0452287472
ISBN-13: 9780452287471
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Description: Queen Elizabeth I and Englands First Spymaster Sir Francis Walsinghams official title was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, but in fact this pious, tight-lipped Puritan was Englands first spymaster. A ruthless, fiercely loyal civil servant,  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Queen Elizabeth I and Englands First Spymaster Sir Francis Walsinghams official title was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, but in fact this pious, tight-lipped Puritan was Englands first spymaster. A ruthless, fiercely loyal civil servant, Walsingham worked brilliantly behind the scenes to foil Elizabeths 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 Elizabeths 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 queens enemies. Covert operations were Walsinghams 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.

Stephen Budiansky, scientist & journalist, is a correspondent for "The Atlantic Monthly." His five highly acclaimed books include "If a Lion Could Talk: Animal Intelligence & the Evolution of Consciousness" & "The Nature of Horses." He lives in Leesburg, Virginia.

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