Alan Marshall

Associate Professor in History

CoLA - Mgmt and Administration

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Telephone: +441225875595

Location: NP.CM.209

Personal Statement

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.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD
  • MA
  • BA(Hons)
  • FR.Hist

Professional Qualifications

1986-1991 PhD University of Lancaster: Sir Joseph Williamson and the Restoration Government Intelligence System, 1660-1680, University of Lancaster supervised by Professor G. Holmes, University of Lancaster and Professor J.S. Morrill, Selwyn College, Cambridge. British Academy Funded
1987-1988 Scouloudi History Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
1985 MA, Historical Research, University of Lancaster. British Academy Funded

Membership of Professional Bodies

2000 - present, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

2004 - research associate, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

2001 - present, Member of the North- East England History Institute

1997 - present, Member of the Cromwell Association

Teaching Specialism

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

Member of the BSU Humanities Centre for History and Culture

Teaching: Undergraduate and postgraduate early modern British Intelligence and Espionage.

Research Publications and Outputs

Number of items: 41.


Marshall, A (2018) 'Arcana imperii': a history of espionage in early-modern Britain, 1598-1715. Manchester University Press, Manchester. (Forthcoming)

Marshall, A (2009) The Death of Nicholas Fairles: law and community in South Shields, 1832. Papers in North East History . NEEHI/Teeside University, Middlesbrough. ISBN 0954506464

Marshall, A (2004) Oliver Cromwell: soldier - the military life of a revolutionary at war. Brassey's, London. ISBN 9781857533439

Marshall, A (2003) Intelligence and espionage in the reign of Charles II, 1660–1685. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521521277

Marshall, A (2003) Sir Samuel Morland and Stuart espionage. Friends of King Charles the Martyr Church, Tunbridge Wells.

Marshall, A (1999) The age of faction: court politics, 1660-1702. New Frontiers in History . Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719049743

Marshall, A (1999) The strange death of Edmund Godfrey: plots and politics in Restoration London. Sutton Publishing, Stroud. ISBN 9780750921008

Marshall, A and Sammells, N (1998) Irish encounters: poetry, politics and prose since 1880. Sulis, Bath. ISBN 9780952685647

Book Chapter or Section

Marshall, A (2017) ''Fly bold rebellion': the abortive Northern rebellion of 1663 revisited.' In: Clare, J, ed. From republic to Restoration: legacies and departures. Manchester University Press, Manchester. (Forthcoming)

Marshall, A (2017) 'Mary Hays and Elizabeth Cromwell.' In: Walker, G.L, ed. The invention of female biography. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781848936003 (Forthcoming) Please click the title to check availability.

Marshall, A (2012) 'Pax quaeritur bello The Cromwellian Military Legacy.' In: Mills, J, ed. Cromwell's Legacy. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719080890

Marshall, A (2011) ''Mechanic Tyrannie': Anthony Ashley Cooper and the English Republic.' In: Spurr, J, ed. Anthony Ashley Cooper, First Earl of Shaftesbury 1621-1683. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 27-50. ISBN 9780754661719

Marshall, A (2010) ''Woeful knight': Sir Robert Walsh and the fragmented world of the double agent.' In: Szechi, D, ed. The Dangerous Trade: Spies, Spymasters and the Making of Europe. Dundee University Press, Dundee. ISBN 9781845860608

Marshall, A (2009) 'Foreword.' In: Jones, C, ed. British politics in the age of Holmes: Geoffrey Holmes's "British Politics in the age of Anne" 40 years on. Parliamentary History: Texts & Studies . Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781405193344

Marshall, A (2004) '"The Rye House Plotters" and "Sir Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington" and "Sir Joseph Williamson" and "Titus Oates" and "Thomas Blood" and "Sir Samuel Morland" and "William Bridgman" and "Thomas Dangerfield".' In: New dictionary of national biography. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography . Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198614111

Marshall, A (2001) 'Anglo Dutch Wars, 1652-1674.' In: Messenger, C, ed. Reader's guide to military history. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781579582418


Marshall, A (2015) '“Memorialls for Mrs Affora”: Aphra Behn and the Restoration intelligence world.'Women's Writing, 22 (1). pp. 13-33. ISSN 1747-5848

Marshall, A (2003) 'Killing no murder.'History Today, 53 (2). pp. 20-25. ISSN 0018-2753

Marshall, A (2001) 'Enter the plot master.'BBC History Magazine, 2. ISSN 1469-8552

Marshall, A (1997) 'To make a martyr: the Popish Plot and Protestant propaganda.'History Today, 47 (3). pp. 39-50. ISSN 0018-2753

Marshall, A (1996) 'Sir Joseph Williamson and the conduct of administration in Restoration England.'Historical Research, 69 (168). pp. 18-41. ISSN 1468-2281

Marshall, A (1994) 'Irish spies and plotters in seventeenth‐century Europe.'Irish Studies Review, 3 (9). pp. 7-12. ISSN 1469-9303

Marshall, A (1994) 'Irish spies and plotters in early modern Europe.'Irish Studies Review, 3 (9). pp. 7-12. ISSN 1469-9303

Marshall, A (1989) 'Colonel Thomas Blood and the Restoration political scene.'The Historical Journal, 32 (3). pp. 561-582. ISSN 1469-5103

Conference or Workshop Item

Marshall, A (2017) ‘Secret wheeles’: clandestine information, espionage, and intelligence practice in early modern Britain. In: International Conference on Information and Power in History, 16 - 17 March 2017, Huygens ING, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Forthcoming)

Marshall, A (2016) Bowing in the House of Rimmon : Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington and his political tactics in the CABAL 1666-1673. In: Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington and His World c.1640-1685, 18 - 19 November 2016, UCL, London, UK.

Marshall, A (2016) The Great Fire, 1666, and the conspiracy mentalitiè in Restoration England. In: The Great Fire: Reconsidered, 3 September 2016, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK.

Marshall, A (2016) 'Sinful temptations': an English Republican politician’s reputation and the culture of sexual and political satire in the early 1650s. In: The People All Changed: Religion and Society in Britain in the 1650s, 15 - 16 July 2016, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK.

Marshall, A (2016) ‘Bob tayl’d Scot’: a Republican politician’s personal reputation in the culture of sexual and political satire in the early 1650s. In: Writing Gender and Self, 10 - 11 June 2016, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.

Marshall, A (2015) Oliver Cromwell, protector, and the art of 'arcana imperii'. In: News, Secrecy and Foreign Policy in Early Modern England, 24 October 2015, Bath Royal Science and Literary Institution, Bath, UK.

Marshall, A (2015) Oliver Cromwell: image making and reputation. In: Lecture Series, 30 September 2015, Red Brick Building, Glastonbury, Somerset.

Marshall, A (2013) Suspicious minds: political murder, reason of state, and morality in seventeenth-century Europe. In: Intimacy, power and authority in European perspectives, 18 October 2013, Corsham Court, Wiltshire.

Marshall, A (2013) Plots, intrigue and meaning. In: NPG Events, 4 July 2013, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.

Marshall, A (2012) "Memorials for Mrs Affora": Aphra Behn and the Restoration intelligence system. In: Aphra Behn in her Seventeenth-Century Contexts, 12 April - 14 April 2012, Loughborough University.

Marshall, A (2010) Point of friction: Major Christopher Bethel and his troop of horse. In: Cromwell Association AGM, April 2010.

Marshall, A (2009) The trials of Thomas Harrison, regicide 1649 and the execution of King Charles. In: London Socialist Historians Group, 7 Febraury 2009, Institute of Historical Research, London.

Marshall, A (2005) Humanities beyond digitisation. In: Digitisation Conference 2005, 20 September - 21 September 2005, Institute of Historical Research, London.

Marshall, A (2005) Using EEBO in undergraduate modules. In: Waking up in the British Library, 30 April 2005, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester.

Marshall, A (1993) The wild geese in Europe: Irish exiles in the seventeenth century. In: Bristol Irish Festival, 1993.


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Current Scholarship

Current Scholarship:
'The Armies Teares for Major Bethel'
" Arcana Imperii' the Cromwellian Intelligence system'
'Thomas Scot and the Rump Parliament's secret intelligence system'.
'Central Finance and Covert intelligence 1649-1660'

Conference talks
'Oliver Cromwell, protector, and the art of arcana imperii', News, Secrecy and Foreign Policy in early modern England, April 2015

External Examiners

I have acted as an external examiner for various higher degrees, including
English Department , Bath Spa University (2011)
History Department, University of Swansea (D.Phil 2005)
History Department Royal Holloway University of London (D.Phil 2006)

Other External Roles

Media contributions:

Historical consultant National Geographic : Bloody Tales
Historical consultant, BBC Wales: Wales and the Popish Plot
Historical Consultant, History Channel TV programme: 'The Conquerors: Oliver Cromwell'

Historical Consultant, Channel 4/Flame TV series: 'Crime Team'

External consultancy roles
External Consultant for Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships 2010-2011
External consultant/ referee for ESRC applications 2008
Editorial Panel Member for a textbook Introduction to Historiography for Pearson Education, 2006-2010
Facilitator of the 'History and Culture' lecture series at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution 2006-2009.
Historical Consultant The Western Daily Press (2004