Wednesday, 8th May 2019
10.00 am
Upper Room, Town Hall

Nadine Akkerman details a series of case studies in which women (the She-Intelligencers) — from playwright to postmistress, from lady-in-waiting to laundry woman — acted as spies, sourcing and passing on confidential information on account of political and religious convictions or to obtain money or power.

‘Smart, sexy and rich, the ‘she intelligencers’ of Charles I were a potent spy force’ Times

‘groundbreaking study’ Telegraph

Both a BBC History Magazine and Telegraph 2018 Book of the Year ‘Akkerman is uniquely well-placed to pursue such elusive prey, with an enviably suitable skill set of palaeographic, linguistic and codicological expertise’ TLS

Nadine Akkerman, a Reader in Early Modern English Literature at Leiden University, has published extensively on women’s history, diplomacy, and masques, and curated several exhibitions. In 2015/16 she was Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is the editor of The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart,Queen of Bohemia and is currently writing a biography of Elizabeth Stuart. In 2017, the World Cultural Council recognised the transformative effect of her work in the form of a Special Recognition Award.

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