The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I E–book/E–pub


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  • The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I
  • Stephen Alford
  • English
  • 05 March 2020
  • 9781608190096

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Read The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I Review ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Read ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ Stephen Alford In a Europe aflame with wars of religion and dynastic conflicts Elizabeth I came to the throne of a realm encircled by menace To the great Catholic powers of France and Spain England was a heretic pariah state a canker to be cut away for the health of the greater body of Christendom Elizabeth's government defending God's true Church of England and its leader the ueen could stop at no. The golden age of England underneath was a time when secrets were a form of currency just a precious as goldStephen Alford s The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I was an excellent book about one of my all time favorite eras of history the Tudor Reign I ve read several books about the Tudors and this book showed that Elizabeth s rule was a precarious and fragile thing the Protestant monarch had many enemies at home and abroad at times her network of spies was all that stood between rule and ruinFirst you have to like a book with such detailed references A good sign of a non fiction book s character or lack thereof will be revealed if a book has a strong backbone of source material I also thought the layout of the beginning of the book was excellent the author set up the characters like that of a playbill giving a brief description of the parts each person played out in this game of spies This was beneficial since there was a number of players to keep straight and having a uick guide to turn back to was helpfulAlthough I was aware of Elizabeth s most trusted advisor William Cecil s cunning and his web of information that was far reaching I did not know to what extent and how wide the network of underground information gathering reached Alford showcased the inner turmoil of the country where Protestants were once again in favor and Catholics fled the country for fear of persecution or worse Catholics that left the country however were not safe for the ever watchful eyes of England s spies Alford s book gave in detail a number of entertaining and well documented accounts of how England s spies went about procuring their information and how these spies give evidence against men they had lived with worked for and befriended The book also described the Throckmorton Plot to overthrow Elizabeth and place Catholic Mary ueen of Scots on the throneI highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Elizabethan or Tudor history or those interested in reading about the lucrative business of information gathering Alford s The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I was a well written and thoroughly researched book that I found very entertaining and informative Misteri Perilaku Anak Sulung Tengah Bungsu dan Tunggal powers of France and Spain England was a heretic Stars from Another Sky The Bombay Film World of the 1940s pariah state a canker to be cut away for the health of the greater body of Christendom Elizabeth's government defending God's true Church of England and its leader the ueen could stop at no. 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Read The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I Review ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Read ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ Stephen Alford Thing 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 from the shadows In his company we f. The Watchers gives us a very different view of Elizabethan England than we or at least I are used to Instead of Shakespeare Marlowe Ben Jonson and the university wits there is the constant threat of invasion and the first stirrings of a centralized police state Elizabeth is not the Gloriana of Spenser s Faerie ueen but a headstrong monarch who put her kingdom at risk by refusing to name a successor While the arts flourished voyages of discovery sent out and everyone went to the theater except when they were closed by the plague there were undercurrents of treachery perfidy and treason The ueen might be assassinated Phillip of Spain s armies might embark from the Low Countries and cross the narrow sea to land on English beaches and the horror of religious civil war could be imminent Mary ueen of Scots and cousin of Elizabeth would be freed from house arrest to rule as a Catholic monarch None of this happened Stephen Alford does his best to show that it was due to the machinations of two men William Cecil and Francis Walsingham the ueen s spymasters directors of the watchers of the title and the employers of spies turncoats and torturers Alford knows the sources has a firm sense of narrative and tells the story wellThree actions had to occur for the plot to succeed The ueen had to die preferably at the hand of a man claiming to be a loyal Englishman and devout Catholic Elizabeth had already been condemned as a heretic schismatic and bastard Mary her cousin had to be proclaimed the new ueen soon to marry a Catholic monarch from the continent either Phillip of Spain or the Duke of Guise of France and the army of a Catholic country had to invade while Catholic nobles from the north of England and Scotland raised a rebellion The plots were constant and Alford shows how Cecil and Walsingham s spies in France and Italy kept track of them while their operatives in the ports kept watch for seditious literature produced by the migr community and for priests trying to sneak into the country Alford begins with a counterfactual account of a successful assassination plot against the ueen in 1566 with the chaos and strife that would follow It sets up his thesis that all the spying torturing and killing that took place to keep Elizabeth safe was both necessary and proper He ends with the ueen dying in her bed and James IV of Scotland soon to be James I of England ready to accept the crown He was the son of her cousin Mary ueen of Scots sent to the block by Elizabeth in 1567 The peaceful succession was uietly arranged during Elizabeth s last illness by Robert Cecil son of William Cecil and the new spymaster of the realm Note on the kindle edition it is necessary to use the Kindle Cloud app to actually see the illustrations As is always the case the kindle device is too small to render drawings and images of 16th century text legibly

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Read The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I The Watchers A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I Review ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Read ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Æ Stephen Alford Ollow 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. This is a gossipy romp through Elizabethan spying The best part of the book is in the very beginning when the author describes a scenario where Elizabeth is assassinated and what might have happened as a result This is the terror the government lived with The fear that her spymasters felt becomes palpable and as a result I had a very good sense of why they acted as they did The book needs editing It s redundant in many places repeating information about individuals plots and basic history I am fine if say information is repeated from one chapter to the next but not from page to page or within the same chapter This is my main gripe with the book because of all the sins for an author to commit wasting my time is the absolute worst Rereading the same tidbits over and over again makes me stabbyIt reads as if it s cobbled together from lectures This isn t necessarily a bad thing but to a minister s daughter who grew up with sermons delivered with the slightly dramatic cadence of a university lecture it was as if my father were reading the book to me I doubt that s going to be an issue for most readers but it was definitely odd In reality I d give this book 35 stars I d subtract one for the redundancies and one half for the somewhat haphazard organization


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