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read The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I kindle Í Hardcover ↠ [PDF] ✐ The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I By Stephen Alford – Helpyouantib.co.uk In a Europe aflame with wars of religion and dynastic conflicts Elizabeth I came to the throne oFrom the shadows In his company we follow Her Majesty's agents through the streets of London and Rome and into the dank cells of the Tower We see the world as they saw it ever unsure who could be trusted or when the fatal knock on their own door might come The Watchers is a riveting exploration of loyalty faith betrayal and deception with the highest possible stakes in a world poised between the Middle Ages and moderni For some reason I randomly became obsessed with Elizabethan spycraft in the last week so of course I had to read this And for the most part this book had what I wanted There is an insane level of detail here; many many documents get referenced I also liked how the author explained all of the broader concepts at work as well for those of us who don't know off the top of our head the politics of Philip's Spanish court Yes there is an obvious bias but it's so mundane that it didn't really affect my reading Alford may be in love with Phelippes just saying But anyway I think this book gave a very comprehensive overview of the state of espionage in Elizabethan England as well as a pretty good idea of what the political climate was like It would probably be a great source that leads to MANY great sources but I really did read it for fun And I do have to say that Alford makes his subject very accessible so that reading it wasn't a chore and was actually enjoyableMy only slight annoyance was how much he would focus on one particular person and then completely forget them later on If you're going to give me someone's life story you have to finish it Other than that there is very little to complain about here

The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth IFrom the shadows In his company we follow Her Majesty's agents through the streets of London and Rome and into the dank cells of the Tower We see the world as they saw it ever unsure who could be trusted or when the fatal knock on their own door might come The Watchers is a riveting exploration of loyalty faith betrayal and deception with the highest possible stakes in a world poised between the Middle Ages and moderni For some reason I randomly became obsessed with Elizabethan spycraft in the last week so of course I had to read this And for the most part this book had what I wanted There is an insane level of detail here; many many documents get referenced I also liked how the author explained all of the broader concepts at work as well for those of us who don't know off the top of our head the politics of Philip's Spanish court Yes there is an obvious bias but it's so mundane that it didn't really affect my reading Alford may be in love with Phelippes just saying But anyway I think this book gave a very comprehensive overview of the state of espionage in Elizabethan England as well as a pretty good idea of what the political climate was like It would probably be a great source that leads to MANY great sources but I really did read it for fun And I do have to say that Alford makes his subject very accessible so that reading it wasn't a chore and was actually enjoyableMy only slight annoyance was how much he would focus on one particular person and then completely forget them later on If you're going to give me someone's life story you have to finish it Other than that there is very little to complain about here

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The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I õ Ding God's true Church of England and its leader the ueen could stop at nothing to defend itselfHeaded by the brilliant enigmatic and widely feared Sir Francis Walsingham the Elizabethan state deployed every dark art spies double agents cryptography and torture Delving deeply into sixteenth century archives Stephen Alford offers a groundbreaking chillingly vivid depiction of Elizabethan espionage literally recovering it returnreturnthis is a study of how the leadership of the English government maintained an intelligence service to protect the realm in particular the Cecils and Sir Francis Walsingham I'll say up front that I had a couple of disappointments there is very little about Ireland and I'd hoped for at least a passing mention of John Bossy's Giordano Bruno theory and didn't get one But I was very satisfied with the overall detailed picture of the ueen's advisors determined to preserve her rule at all costs much ruthless than she would have been as witness her dithering over the execution of Mary ueen of Scots and also somewhat anti Catholic returnreturnIt's easy to overlook two very important facts about the historical situation first that nobody knew that Elizabeth would live to 1603 and the uncertainty about her succession which she deliberately fostered to some extent was profoundly destabilising to those who wanted to think ahead to the next reign; and second that information just did not really flow between countries there were no newspapers statesmen did not give interviews official communications between rulers and magnates had to be supplemented by intelligence gathered by agents in important centres abroad One of the tools of statecraft therefore was to have a widespread network of contacts who would demand regular payment in return for information; this still happens today of course but unlike today there was almost no OSINT to check the HUMINT against Another important point is that most of the information was channeled to the principals directly and never shown to anyone else except if really necessary the ueenreturnreturnGiven these two factors Alford makes it almost uncontroversial though of course potentially very dangerous that Walsingham essentially framed Mary ueen of Scots for execution through the Babington Plot; although Babington himself who was only 24 was clearly a rather slender reed for the restoration of Catholicism Mary was an ever present temptation for someone competent while she lived Walsingham and Cecil were ruthless but they had seen the St Bartholomew's Day massacre and indeed had perpetrated plenty of sectarian violence themselves; they knew perfectly well what awaited them in the event of a further change of official ideology Elizabethan England providing security at home for economic stability and some encouragement of culture at the cost of repression of the surviving loyalists to the former regime and paranoia about their foreign allies seems not so very different from Pinochet's Chile or the less corrupt Eastern European countries under Communism ebook ´ The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I é Stephen Alford

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Stephen Alford é The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I kindle A Secret ePUB #10003 In a Europe aflame with wars of religion and dynastic The Watchers eBook #188 conflicts Elizabeth I came to the throne of a realm encircled Watchers A Secret MOBI #243 by menace To the great Catholic powers of France and Spain Watchers A Secret History of Kindle England was a heretic pariah state a canker to be cut away for the health of the greater body of Christendom Elizabeth's government defen Elizabeth I reigned for a total of 45 years in England and the stability she gave as head of state gave us the Golden Age of wealth and greater self assurance as a nation The final Tudor monarch saw a cultural advances too this being the time of Shakespeare and military confidence on the high seas However the Europeans saw her very differently; as daughter of Anne Boylen Henry VIII's second wife she was considered a bastard and Protestant heretic by catholic Europe Following her denouncement by the Pope various European rulers prepared plans to dispose her replacing her with Mary The event that most people are aware of is the almost invasion by The Spanish Armada but throughout her reign she was protected by a team of loyal subjectsThese men were a motley bunch of ambassadors codebreakers and confidence men and spies who used all sort of covert and overt methods to counter the catholic threat Infiltrators were sent to the continent to ingratiate themselves with the church uncovering conspiracies both real and imagined identified and followed gentlemen who were plotting the overthrow of their ueen The network tracked priests entering the country under cover intercepted and deciphered almost all correspondence between suspects in England and their contacts in France Spain and Italy and neutered the threat that hung over the crownDrawing on documents from archive and collections Alford shines a light into this dark and shadowy time of history The narrative details tense searches across the countryside looking for specific people who were perceived to be a threat to the crown Traitors who were convicted sometimes only on hearsay and confessions uttered under torture on the rack were condemned in horrific ways to die It is an interesting account of those involved in keeping their monarch safe from all the assassination attempts and plots but at times was fairly complicated as he details all the people involved in these plots Worth reading though for those that like their Tudor history