Wilkes, Sue: Regency Spies: Secret Histories of Britain’s Rebels and Revolutionaries

Author
Wilkes, Sue

Title
Regency Spies: Secret Histories of Britain’s Rebels and Revolutionaries

Publisher
Pen and Sword, 2016


An adorable book about the period when democracy and liberty were still regarded as dubious in Europe. Sue Wilkes reveals the shadowy world of Britain’s spies, rebels and secret societies from the late 1780s until 1820.
I am delighted she agreed to write an insightful guest post about the secret means of communication used by spies in the late 18th century. You can read “Burn after Reading: Spying Secrets of the Regency Period – Guest Post by Sue Wilkes” here.

 

Zamoyski, A.: Rites of Peace

Author
Zamoyski , Adam

Title
Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna

Publisher
HarperPress, 2012


Regency enthusiasts worth their salt should know a thing or two about The Congress of Vienna, the major political event of 1814/1815. The congress is a very complex topic, and many books about it give you the headache (especially some by German scholars). Therefore, I was very happy when I stumbled upon Adam Zamoyski’s “Rites Of Peace”. The author does provide plenty of detailed information on diplomatic aspects, but he tells the story well. And he doesn’t leave out the juicy aspects of the congress: There are greed, lust, blackmailing, bribery and sex. Diplomats send their mistresses to spy on foreign delegations. Politicians write to their spouses at home about how much they abhor the party-live and the easy women of Vienna, and then dash off to enjoy both. Delegates don’t even try to pretend being in Vienna for politics and diplomacy. I will never again be able to consider a political conference a demure affair.

Mr Zamoyski selected information from secret political reports, private diaries, letters and personal reminiscences and turned them into a very readable account of an event that shaped Europe. You get a broad picture of life in Vienna in the years 1814 and 1815 and a good impression of the lavish decorations of its festivities.

“Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna” was a great source for “What Would Have Been Your Role at the Congress of Vienna 1814/1815?“.

Sinsoilliez, R.: Les espions du roi

Author
Sinsoilliez, Robert

Title
Les espions du roi

Publisher
Franck Martin: 2006


Robert Sinsoilliez was a French writer and historian. His focus was on the Channel Islands. In “Les espions du roi” he tells about the lives of the most famous spies for the Royalist cause on the late 18th century.

The book was helpful for writing my post “Writer’s Travel Guide: The Jersey Connection”.

Balleine, G. R. / Syvret, M. / Stevens, J.: Balleine’s History of Jersey

Authors
Balleine, George Reginald (Author) / Syvret, M. (Editor) / Stevens, J. (Editor)

Title
Balleine’s History of Jersey

Publisher
Phillimore & Co Ltd. 1981


Balleine’s History of Jersey is still the standard reference on the history of Jersey. The book covers the history of Jersey until the 1950s. The Romantic Age is covered by 2 chapters.

I used the book to write my post “Writer’s Travel Guide: The Jersey Connection”.

 

 

Ashelford, Jane: In the English Service. The Life of Philippe D’Auvergne

Author
Ashelford, Jane

Title
In the English Service. The Life of Philippe D’Auvergne

Publisher
Jersey Heritage Trust, 2008.


Ms. Ashelford is the expert on the life of Philipp D’Auvergne. Her book is small but packed with good stories from D’Auvergnes incredible rich life.

The book was helpful for writing my post “Writer’s Travel Guide: The Jersey Connection”.

Herpin E. / Colquhoun Grant, Mrs.: The hero of Brittany. Armand de Chateaubriand

Authors
Herpin E. / Colquhoun Grant, Mrs.

Title
The hero of Brittany. Armand de Chateaubriand

Publisher
Mills & Boon’s, 1914


This is an English translation of the memories of Armand de Chateaubriand, spy against Napoleon. You can read it online here. I used it to write my post “Writer’s Travel Guide: The Jersey Connection”.

Ritsema, A.: Heligoland, Past and Present

Editor
Ritsema, Alex

Title
Heligoland, Past and Present

Publisher
Lulu, 2007


 

Mr Ritsema is a lecturer in economics at a university in Deventer/The Netherlands. He has been studying and visiting small islands all over the world. “Heligoland, Past and Present” tells the fascinating history of a tiny island that once was the smallest colony of England, and it contains accounts of eyewitnesses from various centuries.

The book was helpful for writing my post “Jane Austen, the Captain and the Smugglers of a Tiny Island”.