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Diplomacy And Espionage

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With regulation of the continental presses so haphazard, thwarting expatriate authors or those who initiated distribution from beyond their own national boundaries was now doubly important. In the Richard Harman affair and the efforts to stifle Tyndale, Roye, and Barlowe, it is found that a range of tools and tactics that give a general sense of what a sovereign authority might hope to accomplish through a combination of espionage and diplomacy. Tyndale’s Wicked Mammon and Obedience were printed at Antwerp in 1528. Regardless of the false colophons, it is inconceivable that a dealer of Birckman’s expertise and vast international experience would not know who did the work. At the time of his conversation with West he may also have had a reasonably good idea of the whereabouts of Tyndale. Such information as could be obtained through diplomacy and espionage helped determine strategy and tactics at higher levels.

Keywords: Antwerp; continental presses; diplomacy; espionage; Obedience; Richard Harman affair; sovereign authority; Wicked Mammon



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