Detail of a portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham, circa 1587, by John de Critz. NPG, London. Queen Elizabeth's Spymaster
Detail of a portrait of Sir Franics Walsingham (1536-1589). Walsingham succeeded Burghley as Secretary of State in 1573. He acted as Ambassador to Scotland, France and the Netherlands, while acting as Queen Elizabeth I's "spymaster". It was Walsingham's network that uncovered the Mary, the so-called Queen of Scot's treachery and the Babington Plot.
This painting is of Queen Elizabeth’s spy master, the ruthless Francis Walsingham. Walsingham ran a vast network of spies and secret informers, who helped bring about the execution of Elizabeth's arch rival, Mary Queen of Scots, and played a key role in the defeat of the Spanish Armada. But Elizabeth was strangely reluctant to fund his secret service, and Walsingham was forced to sink much of his personal wealth into the operation
Detail of a portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham, circa 1587, by John de Critz. NPG, London.
Frances Walsingham created and ran a network of spies for Elizabeth I. Apparently it was the most extensive network in Europe, and the envy of Elizabeth's counterparts on the continent. He was instrumental in finding (or creating?) the proof that Mary Queen of Scots was part of a plot to assassinate Elizabeth and put Mary on the throne of England. (At the very least, Walsingham entrapped Mary into agreeing with the plot.) The whole business put Elizabeth in a very awkward position. She was be...
Love this stuff: Sir Francis Walsingham (c. 1532 – 6 April 1590) was Principal Secretary to Elizabeth I of England from 1573 until 1590, and is popularly remembered as her "spymaster". Walsingham is frequently cited as one of the earliest practitioners of modern intelligence methods both for espionage and for domestic security. He oversaw operations which penetrated the heart of Spanish military preparation, gathered intelligence from across Europe, and disrupted a range of plots against the queen.
Walsingham. Elizabeth I trusted spy master, her nickname for him was My Eyes.
Sir Francis Walsingham, brilliant spy master to Queen Elizabeth I.