Episode guide

History's Ultimate Spies

Series 1

History's Ultimate Spies

  • History's Ultimate Spies

    Learn about the wily characters from history who pulled strings. Thomas Cromwell's cloak-and-dagger work helped steer Henry VIII through his troubles with Rome and several wives.

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    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.

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    Robert Cecil was a formidable political operator, whose web of informers helped to foil the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Learn more about this pioneering agent of espionage.

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    As Louis XIII's diabolical chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu was feared and hated thanks to his complex spy network. A profile of the super snooper who blazed a trail in espionage.

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    Hear 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 of the late 18th century.

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    The American Civil War was notable for its female spymasters. Hear about the tricks employed by Elizabeth van Lew's effective network, who smuggled out messages in hollow eggs.

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