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Royalist Agents, Conspirators and Spies : Their Role in the British Civil Wars, 1640-1660

By: Smith, Geoffrey.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Farnham : Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2011Description: 1 online resource (297 p.).ISBN: 9781409412625.Subject(s): Espionage --Great Britain --History --17th century | Great Britain --History --Civil War, 1642-1649 --Military intelligence | Great Britain --History --Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660 | Great Britain --History --Puritan Revolution, 1642-1660 | Intelligence service --Great Britain --History --17th century | Military intelligence --Great Britain --History --17th century | Royalists --Great Britain --History --17th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Royalist Agents, Conspirators and Spies : Their Role in the British Civil Wars, 1640–1660DDC classification: 941.06/3 | 942.062 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Author's Note and Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Maps; 1 Ill Carried Designs: The Army Plots 1640-1642; 2 Manifold Plots, Conspiracies, Contrivances 1642-1643; 3 War in the Three Kingdoms 1643-1646; 4 Blasted Hopes 1646-1649; 5 The Cavalier Winter 1649-1650; 6 A Fading Crown 1650-1653; 7 A Tangle of Knots 1653-1655; 8 New Disturbances 1656-1658; 9 The Coming of the Day 1658-1660; 10 Restless and Invincible Spirits; Select Bibliography; Index
Summary: In this book, the role of royalist agents, spies and conspirators are uncovered and examined. Shifting the traditional focus of attention from royal ministers, councillors, and generals, to a cadre of loyal, resourceful and courageous agents several rungs lower down in the hierarchy of the king's supporters the book presents a unique picture of the royalist cause. In a lively yet scholarly style it reveals a world of feuds, jealousies, rivalries and shifting allegiances that divided and disorganised the leadership of the king's party.
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Cover; Contents; Author's Note and Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Maps; 1 Ill Carried Designs: The Army Plots 1640-1642; 2 Manifold Plots, Conspiracies, Contrivances 1642-1643; 3 War in the Three Kingdoms 1643-1646; 4 Blasted Hopes 1646-1649; 5 The Cavalier Winter 1649-1650; 6 A Fading Crown 1650-1653; 7 A Tangle of Knots 1653-1655; 8 New Disturbances 1656-1658; 9 The Coming of the Day 1658-1660; 10 Restless and Invincible Spirits; Select Bibliography; Index

In this book, the role of royalist agents, spies and conspirators are uncovered and examined. Shifting the traditional focus of attention from royal ministers, councillors, and generals, to a cadre of loyal, resourceful and courageous agents several rungs lower down in the hierarchy of the king's supporters the book presents a unique picture of the royalist cause. In a lively yet scholarly style it reveals a world of feuds, jealousies, rivalries and shifting allegiances that divided and disorganised the leadership of the king's party.

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Once underrepresented in studies of the British Civil Wars of the 1640s, royalism has recently been subjected to compelling study as a matter of political allegiance and constitutional development. The topic of Smith's volume is not a new subject for scholars, for full-scale work on this topic dates back to David Underdown's first monograph, Royalist Conspiracy in England, 1649-1660 (1960). Smith (Univ. of Melbourne, Australia) is less concerned with general interpretation than with constructing a clear account of loosely connected events ranging from the Army Plots of the early 1640s to the Restoration of 1660. His book is extensively researched and organized chronologically, providing a sense of the uncertain wilderness of royalist agency--spying and conspiracy--regions of activity wherein there is exhilaration in intrigue and despondency in failure. The stories Smith tells reveal that royalists were submerged in espionage and intelligence gathering, plots and intrigues, rivalry and disappointment. The author weaves much of the narrative around the exploits of a single royalist operative, Daniel O'Neill. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty. M. C. Noonkester William Carey College

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