Slap-soled shoes belonging to Frances Walsingham, lady in waiting to Elizabeth I, and daughter of her spymaster, Francis Walsingham. Though the shoes belong to a Canadian collector, they are considered so important to British history that they have to be
Sir Francis Walsingham (c. 1532 – 6 April was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I of England from 20 December 1573 until his death, and is popularly remembered as her "spymaster". - my great grandfather on my mother's side
The Secret Theatre, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: a compelling spy thriller set in Elizabeth I's court
Anders Lustgarten's compelling play takes its title from John le Carre's contention that “Espionage is the secret theatre of our society”. It finds in the spy network around Elizabeth I an image of our own surveillance state and in the spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, the classic case of a man whose obsessive concern for security leads him to sacrifice too much to ensure the country's safety, institutionalising fear.