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

Her Majesty's Spymaster by Stephen Budiansky
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Feb 25, 2012

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bookshelves: history, politics, biography
Read from February 25 to 27, 2012

Brevity is something author valued in this work. And yet when you arrive at the end you don't feel that the story suffered from lack of info.

Sir Walsingham was not the first spy master. But he was very significant in forging the case that led to the trial and execution of Mary Queen of Scots. He was adept at finding people to place in key positions that could give him information. Knowledge has always been power, a fact not lost on Sir Walsingham.

He was one person the Queen could depend on for an honest assessment as he was not a "yes" man. It was not unusual that he earned her displeasure for backing a course of action or view the Queen found unpleasant.

Overall fairly entertaining but did not keep me on the edge of the chair by any means. Good for someone that wants a look into the Elizabethan court from a different angle.
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