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Old 19-11-2015, 08:48 PM   #82
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Lightbulb Her Majesty's Golden Spy

Raidió Teilifís Éireann..

Portrait c. 1585, attributed to..
Sir Francis Walsingham (c. 1532 – 6 April 1590) was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I of England from 20 December 1573 until his death and is popularly remembered as her "spymaster"..While foreign intelligence was a normal part of the principal secretary's activities, Walsingham brought to it flair and ambition, and large sums of his own money.. He cast his net more widely than others had done previously: expanding and exploiting links across the continent as well as in Constantinople and Algiers, and building and inserting contacts among Catholic exiles.. He was buried privately in a simple ceremony at 10 pm on the following day, beside his son-in-law, in Old St Paul's Cathedral..The grave and monument were destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666.. His name appears on a modern monument in the crypt listing the important graves lost...Fictional portrayals of Walsingham tend to follow Catholic interpretations, depicting him as sinister and Machiavellian...

Elizabeth - I Have Failed You ..

Walsingham is a village (actually 2 conjoined villages: Little Walsingham and Great Walsingham) in the English county of Norfolk.. The village is famed for its religious shrines in honour of the Virgin Mary and as a major pilgrimage centre.. It also contains the ruins of two medieval monastic houses..When it was built, the Holy House in Walsingham was panelled with wood and contained a wooden statue of an enthroned Virgin Mary with the child Jesus seated on her lap.. Among its relics was a phial of the Virgin's milk..

The long and successful reign of Elizabeth I proved that a woman could be as effective and popular a monarch as any King.. But there existed around the Queen a critical support structure which was made up almost exclusively of men.. This was her network of spies supervised by Walsingham, one of Elizabeth's most loyal ministers, and their aim was to safeguard the life of the Queen.. The efficiency of this network unearthed a series of plots to overthrow Elizabeth and replace her with the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots.. It is a testament to the success of this secret service that Elizabeth died peacefully of old age and not at the hands of an assassin..The world of a spy was not, however, one of glamour and intrigue.. Many spies were ambitious undergraduates recruited from Oxford and Cambridge who saw this as a route to fame and fortune.. But the reality was quite different..Intelligence work also involved learning how to break the different codes used by plotters in their correspondence... send a monkey to do a man's job..What tribe are you from?..United States Air Force..Was the Homo sapien mean to you again?.We all know its just rocket envy, don't we?..

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