When Francis Walslingham became principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth, he also assumed the duties of maintaining security for the Queen. For much of his life, Walsingham would investigate threats to the nation’s security. This book investigates Walsingham’s role in defending Queen Elizabeth’s throne from foreign, Catholic threats.
This work was an engaging look at the role of intelligence through the eyes of one man. I really enjoyed reading about Walslingham, and it is very hard to convince me to read anything related to the Tudors. Cooper develops a well-balanced image of Walslingham and does a fantastic job of weaving an engaging narrative that also establishes the historical context. I recommend this one.