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- DescriptionIn the wake of the 1588 destruction of the Spanish Armada, English Catholics launched an ingenious counterespionage effort to undermine the Tudor government's anti-Catholic machinations. This Jesuit-connected network secretly transmitted intelligence to Brussels, Antwerp, Madrid and Rome. Its central figure was William Sterrell, a brilliant Oxford philosopher. Sterrell moved at the highest levels of government, working for the ill-fated Earl of Essex and for the powerful 4th Earl of Worcester, secret sponsor of the Jesuits. Partnered with Sterrell was Phelippes the Decipherer, once aide to Sir Francis Walsingham, w turned Jesuit agent. Queen Elizabeth long maintained spies and provocateurs among English Catholic exiles. Walsingham, her principal secretary, used treachery-including the execution of Mary Queen of Scots-to foster plots against the queen to justify harsh measures against Catholics. His agents were involved in the Jesuit Mission of 1580-1581, the Throckmorton, Parry and Babington plots and the defeat of the Armada. His successor, Sir Robert Cecil, continued to infiltrate Catholic exiles and stir dissension. Sterrell's agents nimbly countered Cecilian intrigues until the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. This is the story of Sterrell's secret network-undetected for 400 years-brought to life in vivid detail, based on close examination of hundreds of original letters and documents never before transcribed or published.
- Author BiographyPatrick H. Martin taught at the LSU Law Center from 1977 to 2011, including courses in Jurisprudence, Contracts, and Mineral Law. Prior to joining the faculty at LSU, Professor Martin taught at the University of Tulsa Law School and at the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal), Durban, South Africa. He has numerous publications in history, law, and legal philosophy. He lives in Clinton, Louisiana, USA.
- Author(s)Patrick H. Martin
- PublisherMcFarland & Co Inc
- Date of Publication30/04/2016
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationJefferson, NC
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMcFarland & Co Inc
- Weight658 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine20 mm
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