- Publisher: FABER & FABER
- Format: Hardback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 156mm x 238mm x 44mm | 662g
- Publication date: 1 December 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0571218261
- ISBN 13: 9780571218264
- Illustrations note: map.
- Sales rank: 68,251
Elizabeth I came to the throne at a time of insecurity and unrest. Rivals threatened her reign; England was a Protestant island, isolated in a sea of Catholic countries. Spain plotted an invasion, but Elizabeth's Secretary, Francis Walsingham, was prepared to do whatever it took to protect her. He ran a network of agents in England and Europe who provided him with information about invasions or assassination plots. He recruited likely young men and 'turned' others. He encouraged Elizabeth to make war against the Catholic Irish rebels, with extreme brutality and oversaw the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. "The Queen's Agent" is a story of secret agents, cryptic codes and ingenious plots, set in a turbulent period of England's history. It is also the story of a man devoted to his queen, sacrificing his every waking hour to save the threatened English state.
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John Cooper studied and taught History at Oxford before moving to the University of York. His first book explored the power of propaganda in Tudor England, and he co-edited the catalogue of the 'Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill' exhibition at the Tower of London. He is currently working on the sixteenth-century Palace of Westminster. John enjoys giving public lectures on the Tudors and writing for the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in North Yorkshire with his wife, the author Suzanne Fagence Cooper, and their two daughters.