By Alan Marshall

This can be the 1st historical past and research of the intelligence and espionage actions of the regime of Charles II (1660-85). it's involved in the mechanics, actions and philosophy of the intelligence approach which constructed below the auspices of the place of work of the Secretary of country and which emerged within the face of the issues of conspiracy and overseas politics. It examines the advance of intelligence networks on a neighborhood and foreign point, the use made up of the submit place of work, codes and ciphers, and the employment of spies, informers and assassins. The careers of a few spies hired via the regime are tested via a chain of specific case studes. The publication offers a balanced portrait of the darkish byways of recovery politics, rather within the 1660s and 1670s, and fills a tremendous hole within the present literature.

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4 4 . For life at Oxford in the later seventeenth century see Bennett 'University, Society and Church', p p . 359—400. See also R. , The Diary and Letter Book of Rev. Thomas Brockbank, 1671-1709, Chetham Society N S , 81 (1930). Brockbank was the son of a poor Westmorland parson and was at Queen's College from 1687 t o 1695. See BL Add. M S S 28945, fos. 1 9 7 - 9 8 , for Williamson's legacies t o the college; and also C. E. , Oxford, 1924), I, pp. 2 8 6 - 7 ; Magrath, Queen's College. See also A.

116-26. 22 Intelligence and espionage in the reign of Charles 11 vented the English Republic from imploding, both went some way to preventing its many enemies damaging the infant state. The figure of John Thurloe, so beloved of many popular historians, has somewhat overshadowed his equally capable predecessor in this field, Thomas Scot. Scot was a zealous advocate of both the regicide and the Rump Parliament in which he was an MP. 61 It was he, as much as anyone, who had laid the foundations of any success which later came to Thurloe.

1887-1920), I, pp. xii—xvii. HMC, Heathcote MSS, pp. 54-5. See P. Seaward, The Cavalier Parliament and the Reconstruction of the Old Regime, 1661-1667 (Cambridge, 1989), p. 15 n. 19 for a similar view about Nicholas' place in the regime. There is no doubt that Morrice was somewhat at sea both in foreign affairs and at court, whose activities and inhabitants he is said to have viewed with some distaste. See DNB, William Morrice; Magalotti, Relazione, p. 58; Barbour, Arlington, p. 56; Burnet, History, I, P.

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