Scotland, Secrecy and the State

Date and time: Tuesday 12 April, 2pm

Venue: The National Library of Scotland

The University of Edinburgh’s English Department take you on a secret journey back to three moments of historical espionage.  Starting with clandestine plots against Mary Queen of Scots, we move on to the novelist Daniel Defoe’s mission to Edinburgh in 1706, and end with the spy scandals in Edinburgh following the Napoleonic Wars.  We will look at how spying affected the lives of the famous and of ordinary people, and see who the spies were and how they were used by and against the state.

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