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Thomas Scot and the English Republic
in Intelligence and espionage in the English Republic c. 1600–60
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Chapter 4 follows the Civil War thread of intelligence into a direct analysis of the actions of the espionage system of the English Republic (1649–53). It especially focuses on the important role played by the relatively forgotten figure of the regicide politician Thomas Scot, who was to become the ‘intelligencer’ for that regime and the ‘grand Spier of the Nation’. It explores his personality, his attitudes to espionage and his techniques. It also illuminates the work of his assistants and agents, especially his ally George Bishop. It then places this covert work in the development of the day-to-day work of the Republican government of 1649–53. It also looks at the surviving evidence of Republican intelligence and espionage in this era and at some of the covert activities of one of its agents, the former Leveller Edward Sexby.

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