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Elizabeth I's War on Terror

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Mon 6 Mar 1am - 2am National Geographic Channel
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Review

It could be something straight out of a John le Carré novel; how a network of cryptographers and double agents, not to mention invisible ink and letters hidden in the bungs of beer barrels, prevented the assassination of a monarch.

This well-paced documentary tells the story of Sir Francis Walsingham’s successful infiltration of the Babington plot, involving a group of young Catholic gentlemen who, in 1586, planned to kill Elizabeth I and replace her on the throne with Mary Queen of Scots.

Walsingham, who’d witnessed the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre of the Huguenots in Paris 14 years earlier, was terrified of a similar sectarian outbreak in England, and employed all the spycraft at his disposal to protect Elizabeth. But did the ends justify his means? Mary certainly didn’t think so…

Summary

Documentary-drama telling the story of 16th-century spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham, whose ingenuity protected Queen Elizabeth from a group of Catholic extremists who were plotting to kill her and install Mary Queen of Scots on the throne.

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