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  • Liz Burnside

    Detail of a portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham, circa 1587, by John de Critz. NPG, London. Queen Elizabeth's Spymaster

  • Marie In Virginia

    Sir Francis Walsingham, brilliant spy master to Queen Elizabeth I.

  • Autumn Ryan

    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.

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Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth I's spy master had discovered and nurtured the Babington plot of 1596 instigated by Anthony Babington, Chidiock Tichborne, John Ballard and others. The plot was manipulated by Walsingham to bring about the downfall of Mary. The conspirators were hung, cutdown and butchered. Mary, Queen of Scots was put under stricter house arrest while Walsingham hatched his entrapment of her with double agent John Poley, so she could be legally executed.

c. 1585, Sir William Cecil, Baron Burghley, Elizabeth I's chief advisor for much of her reign

Etching found in an antique shop. Queen Elizabeth attended by her secretary Sir Francis Walsingham detecting Babington's conspiracy by John Charles Bromley.

Sir Francis Walshingham by John de Critz, c.1587. (National Portrait Gallery, London)

Sir Francis Walsingham-Born: 1530, Scadbury Park, Chislehurst, Kent, England-Died: 6 Apr 1590, Seething Lane, London, Middlesex, England Principal Secretary to Elizabeth I of England from 1573 until 1590, and is popularly remembered as her "spymaster". Elizabeth I. nicknamed him her 'Moor'.

Princess Elizabeth’s, later Queen Elizabeth I, letter to her sister Queen Mary I. Written just before she was taken to the Tower.

John de Critz the Elder: Sir Francis Walsingham, 'spymaster' to Queen Elizabeth, c. 1587. Oil on panel. National Portrait Gallery, London.


Wood Carving of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley; Queen Elizabeth I; Sir Francis Walsingham by William Faithorne circa 1655

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Isaac Oliver "Queen Elizabeth I : The Rainbow Portrait" 1600

A letter by Britain's Queen Elizabeth I expressing her outrage at the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots