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Poor security can be fatal, as Mary Queen of Scots would tell you if she were still alive today (although she’d probably only speak French so you might not understand her). Along with some Catholic noblemen, she plotted to overthrow the rule of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, in what has become known as the Babington Plot, after the lead conspirator. Mary exchanged letters about the plot with Babington using hollow beer barrel stoppers, with each letter kept safe from prying eyes by the use of a substitution cipher made up of 59 symbols representing letters and common phrases.

Unfortunately for Mary, Sir Francis Walsingham – Elizabeth’s spymaster – intercepted each barrel, extracted the letter, decoded it, and replaced it so the conspirators were unaware of his intrusion. Found guilty of treason, Mary was sentenced to death, and her 14 co-conspirators were hanged, drawn and quartered.

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