Long before James Bond, England had a real-life spymaster in Sir Francis Walsingham. John Cooper compiled this thorough depiction of the man and his time. As an agent for Elizabeth, Sir Francis looked for Catholic uprisings at home and abroad. Dedicated to protect her at all costs, he became a master cryptographer and an expert at turning his enemies into double agents. This exciting, real-life story of intrigue is performed by James Adams with gusto and class. Adams' voice is similar in quality to Alan Rickman’s, giving the impression that he’d be as comfortable delivering oration on the Shakespearian stage of Elizabeth’s time as delivering this engaging audiobook about her most trusted and daring agent.
A captivating true story that chronicles the exploits of Sir Francis Walsingham - the first great English spymaster and the man who saved Elizabeth's regime and the country's independence. Elizabeth I came to the throne at a time of insecurity and unrest. Rivals threatened her reign; England was a Protestant island, isolated in a sea of Catholic countries. Spain plotted an invasion, but Elizabeth's Secretary, Sir Francis Walsingham, was prepared to do whatever it took to protect her. He ran a network of agents in England and Europe who provided him with information about invasions or assassination plots. He recruited likely young men and 'turned' others. He encouraged Elizabeth to make war against the Catholic Irish rebels, with extreme brutality, and oversaw the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. The Queen's Agent is a story of secret agents, cryptic codes and ingenious plots, set in a turbulent period of England's history. It is also the story of a man devoted to his queen, sacrificing his every waking hour to save the threatened English state.
©2012 John Cooper (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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This ain't Philippa Gregory or Alison Weir! Although it does get a bit dry at times, this is a straightforward factual account about Elizabeth I's master spy! MI6 has nothing on Sir Francis Walsingham! It's great to read more about the reign of Elizabeth than whether she and "Robin" did it or not, her insecurities about her looks, and her unbridled jealousy if one of her ladies or female cousins married without getting the permission she wasn't giving up anyway! Worth the price of admission!
author of Lowcountry Legend's series
There has been probably too much written about Elizabeth the First, but this is new information from a different perspective. It's not written in chronological order, but rather based on events. It certainly becomes obvious through this work how the Reformation shaped Europe and America. It's not a spy book full of intrigue but more a dissection of Tudor state craft.
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