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This review is from: The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I (Hardcover)
The Queen's Agent provides a wealth of drama and detail surrounding the person, and the life and times of Francis Walsingham. One quickly develops a confidence in Cooper's breadth of knowledge of the era as he skillfully weaves the factors that help us understand Walsingham's difficult decisions as secretary to Elizabeth I. Cooper is not an apologist for one side, but helps the reader understand both Roman Catholic and Protestant hopes and anxieties. He helps us see the fragility of the kingdom and what was at stake. I was hooked when I heard the abridged version read on BBC 4, the full book was more than I'd hoped for. The style is engaging and entertaining. I highly commend it!
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2013 22:19:01 GMT
Hank Norville Carter says:
I haven't read my copy of John Cooper's Walsingham biography, yet.
I have five Walsingham biographies. Alan Haynes, 2004. Stephen Budiansky, 2005. Robert Hutchinson, 2006. Derek Wilson, 2007 and John Cooper, 2011.
Unless there are TWO John Coopers, who have both had biographies of Francis Walsingham published, the 2011 book is being re-released, under a slightly different title and with an extra 40 or 50 pages on March 1st 2013.
I would be interested to learn of the differences, if any, between the two versions.
They are released by different publishers, BTW.
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