The watchers: a secret history of the reign of Elizabeth I

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In a Europe aflame with wars of religion and dynastic conflicts, Elizabeth I came to the throne of a realm encircled by menace. To the great Catholic powers of France and Spain, England was a heretic pariah state, a canker to be cut away for the health of the greater body of Christendom. Elizabeth's government, defending God's true Church of England and its leader, the queen, could stop at nothing to defend itself.

Headed by the brilliant, enigmatic, and widely feared Sir Francis Walsingham, the Elizabethan state deployed every dark art: spies, double agents, cryptography, and torture. Delving deeply into sixteenth-century archives, Stephen Alford offers a groundbreaking, chillingly vivid depiction of Elizabethan espionage, literally recovering it from the shadows. In his company we follow Her Majesty's agents through the streets of London and Rome, and into the dank cells of the Tower. We see the worldas they saw it-ever unsure who could be trusted or when the fatal knock on their own door might come. The Watchers is a riveting exploration of loyalty, faith, betrayal, and deception with the highest possible stakes, in a world poised between the Middle Ages and modernity.

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subject_facet Conspiracies -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century
Elizabeth -- I, -- Queen of England, -- 1533-1603 -- Adversaries
Elizabeth -- I, -- Queen of England, -- 1533-1603 -- Relations with statesmen
Espionage, British -- History -- 16th century
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1558-1603
Great Britain -- History -- Elizabeth, 1558-1603
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- History
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1558-1603
title_display The watchers : a secret history of the reign of Elizabeth I
title_full The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I
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Biography & Autobiography
Conspiracies
Elizabeth
Espionage, British
Foreign relations
History
Kings and rulers
Military
Nonfiction
Politics and government
Relations with statesmen