Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I (BBC 2011)

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Elizabeth I came to the throne at a time of insecurity and unrest. Rivals threatened her reign; England was a Protestant island, isolated in a sea of Catholic countries. Spain plotted an invasion, but Elizabeth's Secretary, Francis Walsingham, was prepared to do whatever it took to protect her and the reformed religion to which he was devoted.
As a young man he had witnessed the massacres in Paris on St Bartholomew's Day, when French Protestants were attacked by Catholic mobs. He was determined to save England from a similar fate.
Walsingham ran a network of agents in England and Europe who provided him with information about invasions or assassination plots. He recruited likely young men and 'turned' others. He encouraged Elizabeth to make war against the Catholic Irish rebels, with extreme brutality, and oversaw the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.
The Queen's Agent is a story of secret agents, cryptic codes and ingenious plots, set in a turbulent period of England's history. It is also the story of a man devoted to his queen, sacrificing his every waking hour to save the threatened English state.
Episode 1:
In 1558, Queen Mary, childless and ravaged by fever, names Elizabeth as her successor. And Francis Walsingham, newly returned from exile, is elected to parliament.
Episode 2:
Walsingham, principal secretary and spymaster to Elizabeth I, is focussed on a royal wedding, to settle the question of succession and the threat from Catholic dissidents.
Episode 3:
England faces the threat of invasion from overseas and a potential Catholic rebellion. Walsingham is dealing with intelligence pouring into his office from his network of spies.
Episode 4:
Walsingham searches for proof that Mary Queen of Scots is guilty of treason against Queen Elizabeth I, and encourages the new wave of exploration to America and the New World.
Episode 5:
Through his network of spies, Walsingham prepares the country for the defeat of the Spanish Armada. It would be the last triumph of his career.
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Broadcast: BBC R4: 26 - 30 Sept 2011
MPEG 1.0 Layer 3 - 128 kbps mp3 ΓΓé¼ΓÇ£ 44 khz - Joint Stereo
Duration: 70 Mins (Each episode approx 14 Mins)
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