Despite Walsingham’s network of spies and back channels determined to expose Mary Stuart’s information network, Mary’s clandestine letters to Castelnau remained undiscovered for ten years. It was not until 1583 Walsingham managed to plant a mole in Castelnau’s embassy in London. These letters have been presumed lost for the past 436 years until now.
Tudors Dynasty is happy to present to you this episode on the most recent discovery on Mary, Queen of Scots. Historian and guest host Mell Taylor chats with Dr. George Lasry about the discover that he and his colleagues Norbert Bierman and Satoshi Tomokiyo
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Host: Melanie “Mell” V. Taylor
Guest: Dr George Lasry
Edited by: Rebecca Larson
Voice Over: David Black
Music: Ketsa, Alexander Nakarada, and Winnie the Moog
Feature Image Credit: 5 O’Clock Tea by David Comba Adamson (1859-1926), n.d. © Dundee Art Gallery and Museum
Suggested Reading list:
Bossy, John: Under the Molehill: an Elizabethan Spy Story; Yale University Press; 2001
Cooper, John; The Queen’s Agent; Faber & Faber; 2012
Fraser; Antonia; Mary Queen of Scots; W&N; 2018
Guy, John; My Heart is my Own; The Life of Mary Queen of Scots; Fourth Estate; 2004.
Hutchinson, R; Elizabeth’s Spymaster; W&N; 2006
Porter, Linda; Crown of Thistles; Lume; 2023
A really interesting website for those interested in cyphers http://cryptiana.web.fc2.com/code/crypto.htm The link to the Open Access article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01611194.2022.2160677