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Regency Espionage

Posted by [email protected] on May 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Imagine a quick trip from London to Paris. Today, two and a half hours will get you there. Just give a ring or send a text to let everyone know you arrived all right.

Now step back two hundred years to Regency times in Britain. Flying was still a drawing by da Vinci, trains were engines in their embryonic stages and the morse code wouldn’t exist until six years after George IV (Regent for his father George III) had died.

So how did spies manage? With the exception of carrier pigeons, not quickly and without guarantees.

James Bond? Would never have survived in Regency days without his gadgets.

‘The Insignificance of Being a Spy’ is a little peek at espionage in Regency times. Oh and by the way, James Bond didn’t invent seduction any more than he did espionage.


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