John Cooper

John Cooper.


  • The Elizabethan Secret Service: Queenship, Conspiracy and Plot in Tudor England
  • King’s Manor
  • Friday 19 October
  • 20.30–21.30

How secure was Queen Elizabeth I’s hold on power? John will reveal a seamier side to the rule of the Virgin Queen: a time of rebellion, conspiracy and attempted assassination, barely held in check by the security services. Knowledge became power in a battle for survival at the royal court.


Dr John Cooper is a historian and author specialising in the Tudor period at the University of York. His book on spymaster Francis Walsingham was serialised on BBC Radio 4, and he worked as historical consultant on the recent BBC drama series Gunpowder.


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