This is a very good portrait of Walsingham the man as well as the political agent. Cooper is an academic and negotiates his way with ease through the religious and political complexities of the sixteenth century. His writing style is cool and fluent, and he relishes the drama of his story without ever losing his sense of direction or moderation.
If you want something that gives a sense of the personality of Walsingham as well as his deeds, and which recaps the historical, social and political background to the big events such as the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, this is an accessible and very enjoyable read.
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