Intelligence, espionage and the Cromwellian Protectorate

Marshall, A (2021) Intelligence, espionage and the Cromwellian Protectorate. In: Cromwell Museum Autumn Lecture Series, 3 November 2021, Huntingdon, UK [online].

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Abstract

How did Oliver Cromwell’s Protectorate defend itself from its covert enemies, from plots and conspiracies and how did it gain secret political information from other foreign powers? One of the main issues for the Cromwellian regime of the 1650s was its persistent worries over its own security and this meant the gathering of secret intelligence and the use of spies and informers. So, this talk seeks to explore the Cromwellian ‘secret state’ in action and it ask just how the regime went about organising its notorious espionage networks and its covert foreign policy business. It examines how it used spies and informers, and whether the information it gathered by such a means was ever really as valuable as it seemed to believe. Lastly it explores how the reputation of Cromwell and John Thurloe fits into this image of the Cromwellian ‘secret state’.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Keywords: Oliver Cromwell, John Thurloe, intelligence, espionage
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2022 13:37
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2022 13:37
URI / Page ID: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/13963
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