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

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

by Stephen Budiansky
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Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Bob-from-Irvine More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed The Succession or Death of the Fox you got a taste for what Francis Walsingham could do for Elizabeth I. Those were well-researched works of fiction, this is non-fiction but equally engaging. Probably most enjoyable are the descriptions of the disreputable characters who became Walsingham's agents, and the way W. used two (or three) agents' tales to corroborate what each other said, all known only to Walsingham. The queen herself is somewhat remote in this study and one could wish the book longer to bring her more fully into the story. And Mary Queen of Scots fans needn't apply-- they aren't so much rebutted as ignored.
Devinzgrandma More than 1 year ago
The book was stuffed full of facts and figures, but conveyed absolutely nothing about the man himself or gave much flavor to the time period.  By the end of the book, I never felt like I got to know Walsingham or the intrigue of the time period.  Overall, I would classify this as a scholarly book rather than one that  is entertaining to read.
MarioRiosPinot More than 1 year ago
Wonderful easy reading and funny.
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