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Published: 12 July 2018 (Estimated)

288 Pages | 8 colour plates & 12 black and white images


ISBN: 9780198823018

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Invisible Agents

Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain

Nadine Akkerman

  • The very first study to analyse the role of early modern women spies
  • Foregrounds the agency of early-modern women, offering a corrective to the gender bias implicit in modern historiography
  • Explores the uses of codes, ciphers, and invisible inks, giving new insights into the mechanics of espionage
  • Offers a series of detailed case studies, telling the tales of women such as Aphra Behn, Susan Hyde, and Elizabeth Murray
  • Grounded in a wealth of archival sources, many previously undiscovered