Alexandra Walsham: Francis Walsingham, 5 July 2012
Show More The Queen’s Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I by John Cooper.
Faber, 400 pp., £9.99, July 2012, 978 0 571 21827 1Show More
“... From the moment he died in April 1590, Francis Walsingham, principal secretary to Elizabeth I, has been the subject of competing myths. Catholics greeted the demise of a relentless opponent with relief and applause, and circulated lurid providential stories about the appalling stench that came from his corpse, which allegedly poisoned one of his pall-bearers ...”