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Associate Professor in History, Bath Spa University

Alan Marshall is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has written a number of books, essays and articles on the early modern period:

The Death of Nicholas Fairles: Law and Community in South Shields (NEEHI, 2010); Oliver Cromwell, Soldier: The Military Life of a Revolutionary at War (Brasseys, 2004); The Strange Death of Edmund Godfrey: Plots and Politics in Restoration London (Sutton Publishing, 1999); The Age of Faction: Court Politics, 1660-1702 (Manchester University Press, 1999) and Intelligence and Espionage in the reign of Charles II, 1660-1685 (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

In addition he has published a number of articles on seventeenth-century history.

His current research in progress is a monograph: 'The secret state in early modern Britain, c. 1598-1715: Arcana Imperii' for Manchester University Press.

This is an academic historical analysis of the varied roles, context and organization of government espionage systems and their personnel during the history of the long seventeenth-century in Britain

He is the recipient of a British Academy Small Grant award (2011) to undertake work on Thomas Scot the Rump Parliament's spymaster.

He also welcomes potential PhD applications in the fields of early modern culture, politics and society; intelligence and espionage and military history.

Teaching Specialism and Research

British, Irish and European Early Modern History; the heritage industry; North-Eastern History of the early nineteenth century. Early modern British Intelligence and Espionage.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in History, Bath Spa University