Sir Francis Walsingham

Sir Francis Walsingham

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Caption: Sir Francis Walsingham (1530-1590). English statesman and spymaster.He discovered the Babington Plot, which implicated Mary, Queen of Scots in treason, and obtained details of some of the plans for the Spanish Armada. Image taken from The heads and characters of illustrious persons of Great Britain, with their portraits engraven by Mr Houbraken and Mr Vertue. With their lives and characters by T. Birch. Originally published in J & P Knapton: London, 1743, 51. Author Thomas Birch, Illustrated by Houbraken and Vertue.

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