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Something rare in the study of a period or a subject: a genuinely substantial addition to knowledge, of a kind that will henceforth need to be taken fully into account in any study of the British conduct of the great French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. - JOHN EHRMAN

'A tour de force of research, an essential document for future students of the subject.' - JOHN LE CAR
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Hardcover, 474 pages
Published December 2nd 1999 by Boydell Press
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Mathieu
Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: academics, history
The perfect example of what a history book ought not to be. This book displays an impressive range of research in primary sources (mostly in England but also some in France), but the author does nothing with them except painfully reconstructing a narrative that does not make any sense. Indeed, researching spies and secret services in the 18th century (and I suspect it is the same for other periods) leads naturally to untold stories, to missing documents and so to a impossible narrative. Hence, t ...more
Dawn Harris
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book with wonderful in depth information. Perfect for anyone who loves to read every little detail of history in learning how British agents worked during the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic wars. Great research. ...more
Mary
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Interesting. Especially if you have an obsession with the Napoleonic War like I do.
Penny Hampson
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Skim read this book for info on espionage during the Napoleonic Wars; good deal of useful information on how Britain's spy system was set up and run.
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This book should be fascinating, but I found it to be tedious instead. I have the feeling that the author was able to see the forest despite the trees, but her determination to described all the trees, and how they stood relative to each other, left me ill-informed in the end.

There were some sentences that were truly boggling: "A" wrote to "B" to tell him that "C" had reported that "D", in conversation with "E", had learned that "F" was disillusioned with "G", and that he was upset. Who the hec
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