By Alan Marshall

This is often the 1st background and research of the intelligence and espionage actions of the regime of Charles II (1660-85). it really is desirous about the mechanics, actions and philosophy of the intelligence procedure which built lower than the auspices of the workplace of the Secretary of nation and which emerged within the face of the issues of conspiracy and foreign politics. It examines the improvement of intelligence networks on a neighborhood and foreign point, the use made up of the put up workplace, codes and ciphers, and the employment of spies, informers and assassins. The careers of a couple of spies hired via the regime are tested via a sequence of specific case studes. The e-book offers a balanced portrait of the darkish byways of recovery politics, really within the 1660s and 1670s, and fills a massive hole within the present literature.

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H . Firth, ' T h o m a s Scot's Account of his Actions as Intelligencer During the C o m m o n w e a l t h ' , EHR, 12, 1897, p p . 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.

In the first category stand Sir Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington and Robert Spencer, Earl of Sunderland. 2 In their roles as political power brokers, they were men who made and influenced major policy decisions. The second type of secretary was of more practical value in the fields of administration and intelligence. These men were basically 'civil servants', willing, or only allowed perhaps, to achieve the status of an administrator. They were personified by Sir Joseph Williamson and Sir Leoline Jenkins.

The bishop's house was fortunately a spacious mansion which proved ideal for concealing the tools of the espionage trade such as cipher keys and so on and in spite of the 'sagacious and quick-witted' parliamentary counter-intelligence network Barwick was able to organise a reliable royalist spy network in the capital. It enabled him to convey intelligence from London to Oxford as well as relay the king's orders from Oxford to London. A man of courage and presence of mind, his prudence in this work was only matched by a complete disregard for the dangers involved.

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