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Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair

by John Bossy

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Bossy identifies Giordano Bruno as Henry Fagot, a secret agent reporting to Francis Walsingham from within the French embassy in London. But, as Bossy himself admits in a preface, this identification isn't based on very solid evidence. The book is too dense to be very readable, and too speculative to be very interesting, I'm sad to say. ( )
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Melior est canis vivens leone mortuo

A live dog is better than a dead lion.

Ecclesiates 9:4
Puzzo sarrebe l'istorico, che, trattando la sua materia, volesse ordinar vocaboli stimati novi e riformar i vecchi, e far di modo che il lettore sii piú trattenuto a osservarlo e interpretarlo come gramatico, che intenderlo come istorico

A historian would be an imbecile if, in expounding his subject, he should decide to invent a brand new set of terms, and to abolish the old ones; whence his reader would have more ado to keep track of him as a grammarian, than to understand him as a historian.

Giordano Bruno, La cena de le Ceneri (DI, p.121)
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For Pete and Belinda,

with love and gratitude
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At the beginning of my career as a historian, which is now some time ago, I wrote a Ph. D thesis on the relations, political and other, between France and the Elizabethan Catholics.  (Preface)
This book tells a story, and because it tells a story I cannot, dear reader, reveal to you here and now what happens in it.  (To the Reader)
In the spring of 1583 Michel de Castelnau, seigneur de Mauviessière in Touraine, had been living in London for nearly eight years as ambassador to Queen Elizabeth from King Henri III of France.  (chapter 1)
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CONTENTS:

Preface

A Note on Dates

List of Abbreviations

To the Reader


PART II A DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

1 Salisbury Court

2 On the River

3 Confessions

4 Dialogues, and a Small Riot

5 Last Days in Arcadia

6 Under the Volcano

PART II  VERITAS FILIA TEMPORIS

1. A Coincidence of Opposites

  i   A Priest in the House

  ii  Communications with the Enemy

2 Bruno at Large

  i   London

  ii  The Malcontent

  iii  Paris

3 Bruno Recaptured

  i  Man

  ii  Dog

  iii Politick

  iv Priest

Epilogue Fagot at the Stake

PART III  TEXTS AND NOTES

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A Note on Castelnau's House

A Note on Giovanni Cavalcanti

A Note on Fagot's Handwriting, and Bruno's

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