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Elizabethan Secret Agent: The Untold Story of William Ashby

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Elizabethan Secret Agent: The Untold Story of William Ashby is the biography of William Ashby, Elizabethan intelligence agent and diplomat who served as ambassador to Scotland during the Spanish Armada crisis. It provides a fresh social, political and foreign policy insight from the perspective of a gentleman spy who took part in some of the most important events of his time. Much of the book is focused on the Anglo-Scottish geo-political relationship during the decade of 1580-1590, with its machinations and bizarre background stories. Prior to Ashby’s ambassadorial appointment, he served as a senior ‘intelligencer’ for Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth’s spymaster.

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‘A fascinating journey into the tangled web of the Tudor and Stuart courts’

– Leanda de Lisle, author of Sunday Times bestseller Tudor: The Family Story.

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Timothy Ashby


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Dr Timothy Ashby has held two Top Secret security clearances and served as a senior government official, lawyer and international businessman. He is a kinsman of William Ashby the subject of ‘Elizabethan Secret Agent’.
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