Invisible agents - women and espionage in 17th century Britain

29 November 2018 1.00pm 1.45pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Nadine Akkerman, Reader in Early Modern English Literature, Leiden University


Friends of the Bodleian -


The lecture will showcase the methodical work of John Thurloe, Oliver Cromwell's most memorable spymaster, whose papers are held in the Bodleian. Nadine Akkerman will zoom in on how he examined piles of letters, collecting, transcribing, translating, and deciphering hundreds upon hundreds as he sought out plots and conspiracies – and explaining how she, too, caught some spies who were skulking in the darker recesses of the Bodleian Library by mimicking his methods. As she read, transcribed, and deciphered the Thurloe papers, the Rawlinson manuscripts, Akkerman began to catch whispers of a most remarkable woman, Susan Hyde, active in a spy network but completely overlooked.


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