Royalist Agents, Conspirators and Spies: Their Role in the British Civil Wars, 1640-1660, by Geoffrey Smith
The English Historical Review
Oxford University Press (OUP)
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Smith, D. (2012). Royalist Agents, Conspirators and Spies: Their Role in the British Civil Wars, 1640-1660, by Geoffrey Smith. The English Historical Review, 127 (527), 995-997. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/ces159
In this fascinating book, Geoffrey Smith explores the lives and experiences of those Royalists who served Charles I and Charles II as agents, spies and conspirators during the 1640s and 1650s. He takes us into a murky world of intrigue and intelligence-gathering that is all the more challenging to reconstruct because it was by definition intended to remain secret. The book is based on a huge amount of research in the relevant primary sources, both printed and manuscript, especially the Ormond papers, the Nicholas papers, and the Clarendon papers. As a result, Smith provides much the clearest picture so far published of who these Royalists were, what they were trying to achieve, and the obstacles that confronted them.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/ces159
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/292511