This is the first history and analysis of the intelligence and espionage activities of the regime of Charles II (1660-85). It charts the activities of the intelligence system that developed under the auspices of the Secretary of State and that emerged in the face of the problems of conspiracy and international politics. It examines the development of intelligence networks on a local and international level, the use made of the Post Office, codes and ciphers, and the employment of spies, informers and assassins.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)|
Table of ContentsIntroduction; 1. The Restoration secretariat and intelligence, 1660-1685; 2. Intelligence and the post office; 3. Local intelligence networks in the north of England; 4. Taking the 'Ruffian's Wage': spies and secret agents; 5. The spies of the early Restoration regime, 1660-1669; 6. The spies of the later Restoration regime, 1667-1685; 7. The foreign and diplomatic scene; 8. 'An Italian Trick, not used in England': assassination; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index