Sunday 13th May at 8.00pm, Stone Cottage, Pheasant Hill HP8 4QA

Professor Christopher Andrew: 500 Years of Cambridge Spies: from Christopher Marlowe to Kim Philby


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Prof Andrew

During the 1580s Elizabethan drama and Elizabethan espionage led the world. Cambridge played a key role in both. From the breaking of Philip II’s ciphers before the Armada and those of Charles I during the Civil War to the breaking of German ciphers in the two world wars of the twentieth century, Cambridge codebreakers were even more influential. In the twentieth century, Cambridge produced remarkably gifted recruits to both the British and Russian intelligence services.

Professor Christopher Andrew is founder and convenor of the Cambridge University Intelligence Seminar, Emeritus Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Former President of Corpus Christi College, Official Historian of MI5 from 2003 to 2010, Chairman of the UK Study Group on Intelligence, Honorary Professor at Queens University, Belfast, Former Honorary Air Commodore of 7006 Squadron (Intelligence) RAuxAF and Former Visiting Professor at Harvard, Toronto and the Australian National University. He has presented numerous BBC Radio and TV documentaries, including, for 12 years, the Radio 4 series What If? as well as appearing on leading US news programmes (Larry King Live, Charlie Rose, Sixty Minutes, Good Morning America etc) He holds an Honorary Doctorate in Strategic Intelligence from the US National Defense University (formerly JMIC) and has been an invited lecturer at the CIA, NSA and the Office of the DNI. Professor Andrew's 22 books include a number on the use and abuse of intelligence, which have been widely translated and have appeared on best-seller lists (including NYTimes) in four continents: among them For The President’s Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush; The Mitrokhin Archive (2 vols with Vasili Mitrokhin); and The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5. Forthcoming: Secret World: The Making of Modern Intelligence from Moses to the Twenty-First Century (Penguin, 2018 and translations); Stars and Spies: Intelligence and Show Business from Shakespeare to Hollywood (with Julius Green, 2020); The Cambridge History of Intelligence (3 vols; co-general editor, 2021/22).