Aphra Behn Aphra Behn (baptised 14 December 1640 – 16 April 1689) was a prolific dramatist of the English Restoration, one of the first English professional female literary writers.
Basil Davidson Basil Risbridger Davidson MC (9 November 1914 – 9 July 2010) was a British historian, writer and Africanist, particularly knowledgeable on the subject of Portuguese Africa prior to the 197...
Charles Turner (composer) Charles Turner (1907 – 1977) was an English composer and part-time spy, who took the last recorded British pre-World War II photographs of Adolf Hitler.
Christopher Marlowe Christopher Marlowe was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day.
Daniel Defoe Daniel Defoe (c. 166024 April 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer, and spy, now most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe.
Florentius Volusenus Florentius Volusenus (c. 1504 - 1546 or 1547) was a Scottish humanist most noted for his De Animi Tranquillitate.
Francis Bacon Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban, QC, was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England.
Francis Walsingham Sir Francis Walsingham (c. 1532 – 6 April 1590) was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I of England from 20 December 1573 until his death, and is popularly remembered as her "...
Francis Yaxley Francis Yaxley (died 1565) was an English politician and conspirator.
Sir Richard Willis, 1st Baronet Sir Richard Willis, 1st Baronet (sometimes spelt 'Willys') (13 January 1614 – December 1690) was a Royalist officer during the English Civil War and a double agent working for the Parliamentaria...
Thomas Fowler (courtier) Thomas Fowler, (died 1590), English lawyer, diplomat, courtier, spy, servant of the Countess of Lennox, broker of the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley, steward of the Earl of Le...
Thomas Mante Thomas Mante (c. 1733–c. 1802) was an English army officer, historian and military writer, and spy in the pay of the French government.
Thomas Morgan (of Llantarnam) Thomas Morgan of Llantarnam (or Bassaleg, a branch of the Morgan of Tredegar) (1546-1606), of the Welsh Morgan of Monmouthshire, was a confidant and spy for Mary, Queen of Scots, and was involve...
William Bedloe William Bedloe (20 April 1650 – 20 August 1680) was an English fraudster and informer, born at Chepstow.
William Herle (spy) William Herle (died 1588) was a pirate and spy who was imprisoned in the Marshalsea prison in 1571.
William J. Oliver William J. Oliver aka 'Oliver the Spy' aka W.J Richards - was a 19th-century informer, and suspected agent provocateur, employed by the English Home Office against the Luddites and similar grou...