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
Sir Christopher Hatton Sir Christopher Hatton – 20 November was an English politician, the lord chancellor of England and, according to speculation, the lover of Queen Elizabeth I.
Sir Francis Walsingham was one of Elizabeth I’s most important Privy Councillors, but he is perhaps best-known as her spymaster. He became one of her secretaries & one of her three closest advisors, along with William Cecil & Robert Dudley. He developed a sophisticated espionage system to protect Elizabeth from plots & threats posed by Catholics at home & abroad. Mary of Scots was the most high-profile target of his spy network.