Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, And The Birth Of Modern Espionage by Stephen BudianskyHer Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, And The Birth Of Modern Espionage by Stephen Budiansky

Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, And The Birth Of Modern Espionage

byStephen Budiansky

Paperback | July 25, 2006

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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.
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 fo...
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Title:Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, And The Birth Of Modern EspionageFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.57 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.3 × 0.57 inPublished:July 25, 2006Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0452287472

ISBN - 13:9780452287471

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Fascinating and superbly written. Walsingham was the CIA’s ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan and George Smiley rolled into one.—The Wall Street Journal