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This captures the moment Sir Francis Walsingham, the spymaster for Queen Elizabeth, was able to present to her conclusive proof that her cousin and the next heir to her throne was conspiring to overthrow her.
This was a moment of triumph for Walsingham. Queen Elizabeth was surrounded by plotters and always nervous about her Protestant island encircled by Catholic nations. But she was notoriously reluctant to fund a spy department. Walsingham was forced to sink much of his own fortune into protecting his queen. Why?
While ambassador in France, he witnessed firsthand the massacre of Protestants, less than a decade after the country had celebrated the king’s Catholic sister marrying a Protestant, the ceremonial end to France’s wars of religion. As a highly-placed Protestant, Walsingham had much to lose should anything similar happen in England. By handing Queen Elizabeth her cousin, he was able to remove the most prominent and most legitimate Catholic threat to his queen.

This captures the moment Sir Francis Walsingham, the spymaster for Queen Elizabeth, was able to present to her conclusive proof that her cousin and the next heir to her throne was conspiring to overthrow her.

This was a moment of triumph for Walsingham. Queen Elizabeth was surrounded by plotters and always nervous about her Protestant island encircled by Catholic nations. But she was notoriously reluctant to fund a spy department. Walsingham was forced to sink much of his own fortune into protecting his queen. Why?

While ambassador in France, he witnessed firsthand the massacre of Protestants, less than a decade after the country had celebrated the king’s Catholic sister marrying a Protestant, the ceremonial end to France’s wars of religion. As a highly-placed Protestant, Walsingham had much to lose should anything similar happen in England. By handing Queen Elizabeth her cousin, he was able to remove the most prominent and most legitimate Catholic threat to his queen.

(Source: BBC)

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