The Queen's Agent

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01The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham At The Court Of Elizabeth I20110926

Written by John Cooper. Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

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.

Reader: Hugh Bonneville

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Queen Mary names Elizabeth as her successor and Walsingham is elected to parliament.

01The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham At The Court Of Elizabeth I20110927

Queen Mary names Elizabeth as her successor and Walsingham is elected to parliament.

02The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham At The Court Of Elizabeth I20110927

Written by John Cooper. Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

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.

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.

Reader: Hugh Bonneville

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Walsingham is now focused on the marriage of Queen Elizabeth I.

02The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham At The Court Of Elizabeth I20110928

Walsingham is now focused on the marriage of Queen Elizabeth I.

Written by John Cooper. Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

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.

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.

Reader: Hugh Bonneville

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

03The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham At The Court Of Elizabeth I20110928

Written by John Cooper. Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

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.

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.

Reader: Hugh Bonneville

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Walsingham is dealing with a mass of intelligence from his network of spies.

03The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham At The Court Of Elizabeth I20110929

Walsingham is dealing with a mass of intelligence from his network of spies.

04The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham At The Court Of Elizabeth I20110929

Written by John Cooper. Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

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.

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.

Reader: Hugh Bonneville

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Walsingham is searching for proof that Mary Queen of Scots is guilty of treason.

04The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham At The Court Of Elizabeth I20110930

Walsingham is searching for proof that Mary Queen of Scots is guilty of treason.

05 LASTThe Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham At The Court Of Elizabeth I20110930

Written by John Cooper. Abridged by Libby Spurrier

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.

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.

Reader: Hugh Bonneville

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Through his network of spies, Walsingham prepares for the last triumph of his career.

05 LASTThe Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham At The Court Of Elizabeth I20111001

Through his network of spies, Walsingham prepares for the last triumph of his career.