Walsingham established and ran the great Elizabethan secret service, providing information particularly for William Cecil, Lord Burghley. His network of agents across Europe provided critical intelligence to the crown and operated mainly against Roman Catholic conspirators. As Secretary of State (1573–1590), he continually advised Elizabeth to wage war on Spain, and foresaw the threat of the Armada. He secured the conviction and execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.
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