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OK - BUT,
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This review is from: The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I (Hardcover)
This story is very interesting. I had not been aware of the extent of the espionage master-minded by Walsingham and Burghley. To that extent, it is well told.
However, the author seems to be unaware that those who are interested enough to read his book will be intelligent enough to follow a character from one chapter to another. Too often he introduces someone, describes his role and importance - then a couple of chapters further on, re-introduces the same person as though we had never heard of him!
He also does what is - I fear - a common thing in the days of "cut and paste". He makes a point in one place and then exactly the same point in IDENTICAL terms further on. Maddening.
There were times when I found the narrative "ponderous", as another reviewer said - but the basic bones of the story still gripped me.
Occasionally, I felt that the book consisted of a series of separate essays which the author had done for his MA - and then stitched together to make a book.