Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents
The end of the 16th century – England is a pariah state on the edge of a largely Catholic continent. For the protestant Queen Elizabeth I, the enemy is everywhere – the Pope has given licence to kill her. This legion of threats demands a shadowy new army. And so the age of espionage begins. This is the story of the Cecils, the spymasters who ran the world’s first secret service. Their counter-terrorist network reached into the very heart of the Catholic enemy, and they secured the Britain we know today.