"Bossy combines meticulous research with a lively style and guides the reader.. to some startling conclusions." -- Andrew Roberts, Sunday Telegraph
"Bossy opens up a startling new angle on certain secret operations of the mid-1580s ... A triumph of close historical focus." -- Charles Nicholl, London Review of Books
"Bossy's creative, thoroughly researched and engaging work emulates the investigative style of the best detective fiction." -- Deborah E. Harkness, Sixteenth Century Journal
"Mr. Bossy's erudition is so great, his virtuosity in handling it so enviable, the story he tells so fascinating." -- H. R. Trevor-Roper, New York Review of Books
"Read the book. It is, quite simply, brilliant." -- Susan Brigden, Country Life
"This book is a detective story told by a masterly historian." -- Diarmaid MacCulloch, New Statesman & Society
About the Author
John Bossy, emeritus professor of history at the University of York, is also the author of Under the Molehill: An Elizabethan Spy Story (ISBN 0 300 0, new NB paperback, [pound]7.99*), published by Yale University Press.