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

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Publisher Comments:

Sir Francis Walsinghamandrsquo;s official title was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, but in fact this pious, tight-lipped Puritan was Englandandrsquo;s first spymaster. A ruthless, fiercely loyal civil servant, Walsingham worked brilliantly behind the scenes to foil Elizabethandrsquo;s 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 Elizabethandrsquo;s 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 queenandrsquo;s enemies. Covert operations were Walsinghamandrsquo;s 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.

Review:

"Even readers who are already versed in Elizabeth's reign will find Budiansky's new angles on a much-examined era enlightening." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A] historical study that makes us wish for more like it on subjects too often only glanced at." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Budiansky's prose is peppered with a wry wit that makes the book a pure joy to read." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Sir Francis Walsingham’s official title was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, but in fact this pious, tight-lipped Puritan was England’s first spymaster. A ruthless, fiercely loyal civil servant, Walsingham worked brilliantly behind the scenes to foil Elizabeth’s 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 Elizabeth’s 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 queen’s enemies. Covert operations were Walsingham’s 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.

Synopsis:

In the taut narrative of a spy novel, Budiansky recounts how legendary spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham, principal secretary to Elizabeth I, invented the art and science of modern espionage--and in the process set Elizabethan England on the path to empire.

About the Author

Stephen Budiansky, journalist and military historian, is the author of nine books about history, science, and nature, including Air Power: The Men, Machines, and Ideas That Revolutionized War, from Kitty Hawk to Gulf War II. He publishes frequently in The New York Times and The Washington Post and currently serves as a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452287471
Author:
Budiansky, Stephen
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Elizabeth
Subject:
Great Britain - History - Elizabeth, 1558-
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page b/w art insert on insert stock
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.64x5.68x.56 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 256 pages Plume Books - English 9780452287471 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Even readers who are already versed in Elizabeth's reign will find Budiansky's new angles on a much-examined era enlightening." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "[A] historical study that makes us wish for more like it on subjects too often only glanced at."
"Review" by , "Budiansky's prose is peppered with a wry wit that makes the book a pure joy to read."
"Synopsis" by ,
Sir Francis Walsingham’s official title was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, but in fact this pious, tight-lipped Puritan was England’s first spymaster. A ruthless, fiercely loyal civil servant, Walsingham worked brilliantly behind the scenes to foil Elizabeth’s 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 Elizabeth’s 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 queen’s enemies. Covert operations were Walsingham’s 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.
"Synopsis" by , In the taut narrative of a spy novel, Budiansky recounts how legendary spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham, principal secretary to Elizabeth I, invented the art and science of modern espionage--and in the process set Elizabethan England on the path to empire.
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