Francis Walsingham

1532 - 1590

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Sir Francis Walsingham (c. 1532 – 6 April 1590) was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I of England from 20 December 1573 until his death and is popularly remembered as her "spymaster". Born to a well-connected family of gentry, Walsingham attended Cambridge University and travelled in continental Europe before embarking on a career in law at the age of twenty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis Walsingham has received more than 1,662,723 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Francis Walsingham is the 5,723rd most popular politician (down from 5,258th in 2019), the 1,145th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,132nd in 2019) and the 194th most popular British Politician.

Francis Walsingham was Queen Elizabeth I's spymaster and Secretary of State. He was most famous for being the mastermind behind the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Among politicians, Francis Walsingham ranks 5,723 out of 19,576Before him are Marcus Livius Drusus Claudianus, Nureddin al-Atassi, Domnall mac Ailpín, Sigurd the Crusader, Beatrice of Provence, and Lord Randolph Churchill. After him are Lucius Appuleius Saturninus, King Zhao of Zhou, Wang Zhengjun, Hermeric, Frederick I, Margrave of Baden, and Ariston of Sparta.

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Among people born in 1532, Francis Walsingham ranks 5Before him are Tulsidas, Yermak Timofeyevich, Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, and John Hawkins. After him are Anne of Denmark, Electress of Saxony, William IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Luís Fróis, Alphonsus Rodriguez, Archduchess Magdalena of Austria, Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, and Maerten de Vos. Among people deceased in 1590, Francis Walsingham ranks 9Before him are Charles II, Archduke of Austria, Ambroise Paré, Archduchess Anna of Austria, Christina of Denmark, Gioseffo Zarlino, and Bernardino de Sahagún. After him are Charles de Bourbon, Marietta Robusti, Frans Hogenberg, Giambattista Benedetti, Maddalena Casulana, and François Hotman.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Francis Walsingham ranks 1,145 out of 8,785Before him are Charles Bell (1774), Warren Hastings (1732), Allen Carr (1934), Domnall mac Ailpín (812), John Austin (1790), and Lord Randolph Churchill (1849). After him are Lord Alfred Douglas (1870), Evelyn Waugh (1903), Jeremy Clarkson (1960), Kiefer Sutherland (1966), Keira Knightley (1985), and Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836).

Among POLITICIANS In United Kingdom

Among politicians born in United Kingdom, Francis Walsingham ranks 194Before him are Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild (1936), John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792), Alexander II of Scotland (1198), Warren Hastings (1732), Domnall mac Ailpín (812), and Lord Randolph Churchill (1849). After him are Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836), Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset (1506), Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (1935), William the Lion (1142), Ed Miliband (1969), and Louis Lucien Bonaparte (1813).