Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Her Majesty' Spymaster

Interesting book about Francis Walsingham. Walsingham was Elizabeth I's Principal Secretary, a position much like our current Secretary of State. Compared to today, the government of Elizabethan time was quite libertarian, but that was unbalanced by the lack of restrictions on public violence as was experienced by Catholics and Protestants alike.

I was also interesting to see how politics affected the organization of the Book of Common Prayer and how the Church of England experienced the same upheaval as the Roman Catholic church did after Vatican II when liturgy was converted from Latin to the vernacular. The Church of England had the same response, but 400 years earlier.

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