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Published: 28 October 2019

288 Pages


ISBN: 9780198791317

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Venice's Secret Service

Organizing Intelligence in the Renaissance

Ioanna Iordanou

  • The first study to analyse Renaissance Venice's central intelligence organisation, overturning conventional wisdom dictating that systematised intelligence is a contemporary phenomenon
  • Shows how systematised espionage in the sixteenth century was not only destined to serve political-military interests
  • Reveals a plethora of previously unknown episodes of spies, secrets, ciphers, tortures and assassinations
  • Grounded in thousands of documents sourced from Venice's state archives but from archival records stored in Rome, Simancas, and London, where Venice's rivals detailed their own observations of the Venetian intelligence pursuits