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Appel à contributions : « IA Fictions / Fictions et Intelligence artificielle » (Paris, 3-5 juin 2021)

Portrait aquarellé d’Ada Lovelace par Alfred Edward Chalon, vers 1840 / Watercolor portrait of Ada Lovelace by Alfred Edward Chalon, circa 1840. Science Museum Group Collection. Domaine public / Public Domain. IA Fictions / Fictions et Intelligence...
From: Le blog de l'APAHAU on 6 Jul 2020

Scouting the American Revolution: The French Intelligence Community

We often hear about intelligence activities which take place during times of war. Having good intelligence is indeed critical to military and diplomatic success.... The post Scouting the American Revolution: The French Intelligence Community appeared...

Book Review: ‘Killing Beauties’ by Pete Langman

KILLING BEAUTIES is a gripping historical fiction novel set during the Protectorate of the 1650s and focuses on the underworld of espionage through the actions of the main character, Susan Hyde. Susan, sister to Edward Hyde (he who is best known for being...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 13 Jan 2020

‘The Perils of Being an Early-Modern Bottle-Blonde’ – A Guest Post by Pete Langman

It’s quite usual to compliment the author of a work of historical fiction on their research, even though this doesn’t mean much more than ‘we’ve read the same history books’, but there is something to be said for appropriating...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 10 Jan 2020

The “Hynson Business”—The Story of a Double Agent

Wars have a way of creating strange alliances, and the American Revolution was no exception. I encountered one such unusual relationship while researching my... The post The “Hynson Business”—The Story of a Double Agent appeared first...

August 7

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Boston Weekly News-Letter (August 4, 1768).“Mr. Benjamin Leigh meets so great Encouragement in the Intelligence Office.” In late July 1768, Benjamin Leigh began...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 7 Aug 2018

July 28

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston Weekly News-Letter (July 28, 1768).“THERE is now opened … an Intelligence Office.” In the summer of 1768 B. Leigh announced that he had opened “an...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 28 Jul 2018

The Wonderful Dromedary and Surprizing Camel

In the late 1750s, Mr Richard Heppenstall caused a sensation when he toured England with a ‘wonderful’ dromedary from Persia and a ‘surprizing’ camel from Grand Cairo, Egypt. If you know anything at all about camels, you’re...
From: All Things Georgian on 22 May 2018

“The time, the place, the torture”: the depiction of torture in Iqbal Khan’s Othello

“The time, the place, the torture”: the depiction of torture in Iqbal Khan’s Othello By Kelsey Ridge Two US Army (USA) Military Police (MP) escort a detainee, dressed in his new orange jumpsuit to a cell at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 10 Dec 2016

My childhood and computers

I was 9 in 1969 and a child of the Apollo moon-landings, the film 2001 A Space Odyssey (more of which later), and TV. The time is significant because between then and my early teenage years my TV viewing was filled with the sci-fi fantasies (and re-runs)...
From: Manicule on 2 Jun 2016

The Seizure of the Virginia Gazette, or Norfolk Intelligencer

On April 20, 1775, John Hunter Holt announced to the public his recent acquisition of the Norfolk newspaper, the Virginia Gazette or Norfolk Intellingencer. For a newspaper that had only been in print since 1774, this sudden change in ownership was more...

Colloque : « Le cyber-corps » (Montpellier, 9-10 Octobre 2015)

Le cyborg ou cyber-corps est le fruit de la fusion de l’Homme, être organique, et de la machine, objet technique. Autrefois sujet de science-fiction, il fait aujourd’hui partie intégrante de notre quotidien. Les progrès...
From: Le blog de l'APAHAU on 15 Jul 2015

Judith Redman: errant wife or mistreated spouse?

On the 29th July, 1760, and again a week later on the 5th August, the Leeds Intelligencer newspaper carried the following warning about an errant wife.   WHEREAS JUDITH, the wife of John Redman, of Foster-Farm, within Haworth, in the Parish of Bradford,...
From: All Things Georgian on 14 Apr 2015

5 Great Intelligence Successes

Good Revolutionary War commanders understood the value of intelligence on their adversaries. The great eighteenth century military theorist Marshal de Saxe, who was on every good general’s reading list, wrote that to win in battle “nothing more is...

4 Infamous Intelligence Failures

Battles are complicated events where conflicting or unclear information can confuse even good generals.  Here are some examples of when American intelligence systems failed, usually with terribly tragic results. Quebec In late 1775 the Continental Congress...

The Execution of Miller and Pollock in 1685

Lord Fountainhall records the attempts by the privy council to reduce the crowd attending the hanging of Robert Miller and Robert Pollock, two militant Society people, on 23 January, 1685: ‘19 & 20 January 1685. — At the Criminal Court, two men...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 11 Feb 2015

The Men Who Sought Out Goats: The Abjuration Oath of 1685

The introduction of the Abjuration Oath at the start of 1685 was an attempt to look inside the minds of Charles II’s Scottish subjects to discover “fanatics” who rejected the King’s authority and posed a danger to the state. Its aim was to sort...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 21 Dec 2014

A Great Storm, Ominous Fish in Fife and the Societies’ Declaration of War.

‘On the 27, and 28, and following days of October 1684, happened a great storme of snow and frost, with thunder and lightening and much shipwrack of many wessells at sea; and Holland was afraid to have been drowned, ther banks was so shattered with...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 12 Mar 2013

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