Learn about the wily characters from history who pulled strings. Thomas Cromwell's cloak-and-dagger work helped steer Henry VIII through his troubles.
History's scheming spymasters in profile. Hear all about the remarkable cunning of Francis Walsingham, whose spy network foiled many plots against Queen Elizabeth I.
Robert Cecil was a formidable political operator, whose web of informers helped to foil the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605. More about this pioneering agent of espionage.
As Louis XIII's diabolical chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu was feared and hated thanks to his complex spy network. A profile of the snooper who blazed a trail.
The amazing true tale of Zofia Potocka, the beautiful lover of Grigory Potemkin who may have ran a successful spy network in the Russo-Turkish War.
The American Civil War was notable for its female spymasters. Hear about the tricks employed by Elizabeth van Leew's network, who smuggled out messages in hollow eggs.