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Spying and the Crown


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Table of Contents

1: Elizabeth I and Modern Espionage 2: Popish Plots and Public Paranoia 3: Queen Victoria: Assassins and Revolutionaries 4: Queen Victoria's Secrets: War and the Rise of Germany 5: Queen Victoria's Great Game: Empire and Intrigue 6: Queen Victoria's Security: Fenians and Anarchists 7: Edward VII and the Modernization of Intelligence 8: King George V and the Great War 9: King George V and the Bolsheviks 10: Abdication: Spying on Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson 11: Outbreak of the Second World War 12: War in the Americas 13: Th e End of the Second World War 14: Raiding Missions: Fighting for the Secret Files 15: Princess Elizabeth: Codename 2519 16: Queen Elizabeth II: Coronation and Cold War 17: Nuclear Secrets 18: Queen Elizabeth's Empire: Intrigue and the Middle East 19: Discreet Diplomacy: Th e Royals in Africa 20: Discreet Diplomacy: Th e Global Queen 21: Terrorists and Lunatics, 1969-1977 22: Terrorists and Lunatics, 1979-1984 23: Going Public 24: Bugs and Bugging 25: The Diana Conspiracy

About the Author

Richard J. Aldrich is a Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick. A regular commentator on war and espionage, he has written for The Times, Guardian and Daily Telegraph. He is a prize-winning author of several books, including The Hidden Hand and GCHQ.

Rory Cormac is a Professor of International Relations specialising in Secret Intelligence and Covert Action at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Disrupt and Deny and co-author, with Richard J. Aldrich, of The Black Door.


This monumental book is really a history of the British secret services, focusing on the fascinating moments when this intersects with royal history... Authoritative and highly readable... As every page of this book attests, the royals have always been involved in secretly directing the affairs not just of this country but of many others.
*The Times, 'Book of the Week'*

Bizarre and disturbing episodes are revealed in this excellent history of the royal family's relationship with espionage... Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac's fascinating history argues that modern intelligence evolved out of efforts to prevent Queen Victoria being assassinated... Through unbelievably thorough research - all of it fully referenced for grateful future scholars - they have compiled something comprehensive and compelling.

A fascinating history of royal espionage... The book, which stretches back to Elizabeth I and her spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham, has something of interest on pretty much every page.
*Sunday Times*

*Daily Mail, 'Books of the Year'*

Authoritative and gripping.

Their mastery of a subject that is extensive both chronologically and in its geographical scope is assured and impressive... An intriguing alternative narrative of British royal history.
*Sunday Telegraph*

Aldrich and Cormac have written an important book. Packed with new material and fresh insights, it offers an original way of looking at royal history. It's also a very good read.
*Literary Review*

[A] thorough and informed survey of how matters of high state have really worked - and work.

Intricate, ingenious and determined... Intelligent, fair-minded and a pleasure to read.
*Times Literary Supplement*

A valuable and unmissable read.
*The Chap*

Outstanding research that shines a light into the very darkest corners of the British establishment. Filled with royal revelations - our monarchs are viewed through an entirely new lens - as keepers of the secrets and even as spy chiefs. Were Victoria and Elizabeth II more like 007's mysterious "M"? This is the royals as we have never seen them before and each story is supported with startling new evidence.
*Kate Vigurs, author of Mission France, on The Secret Royals*

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