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Nolanus Nullanus

Charles Nicholl

12 March 1992
Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair 
by John Bossy.
Yale, 294 pp., £16.95, September 1991, 0 300 04993 5
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The Elizabethan Secret Service 
by Alison Plowden.
Harvester Wheatsheaf, 158 pp., £30, September 1991, 0 7108 1152 7
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The Lord of Uraniborg: A Biography of Tycho Brahe 
by Victor Thoren.
Cambridge, 523 pp., £40, May 1991, 0 521 35158 8
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... they could tell you about other people. If Bossy’s study is a triumph of close historical focus, Alison Plowden’s The Elizabethan Secret Service is an achievement in the opposite direction. She covers the history of the service over a period of about thirty-five years, touching on covert operations in Scotland, France, Spain and the Low Countries, as ...

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