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Topic Subject:Crusader Period Intelligence
Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 12-12-12 03:38 PM EDT (US)         
Do you know of any intelligence services that existed during the Third Crusade? I'm planning on writing a story about that period and wish to know a bit more...

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Pitt
Daimyo
posted 12-15-12 05:05 AM EDT (US)     1 / 3       
What, like the Crusader Intelligence Agency?

Intelligence collection and spying generally was ad hoc for practically all of human history. People like Sir Francis Walsingham were considered spymasters, but their agents reported to them personally, and networks didn't continue after their spymaster's death.

Reading each other's mail and cracking each other's codes and ciphers was commonplace, however.

In Late Antiquity and the early mediaeval period, the Arab world had a relatively advanced understanding of cryptology. The earliest known description of cracking ciphers by using frequency analysis (that is, identifying the most commonly used letters and comparing that to the enciphered text) is attributed to a polymath bearing this monolith of a moniker: Abu Yusuf Ya'qub ibn Is-haq ibn as-Sabbah ibn 'omran ibn Ismaīl al-Kindī.

In the ninth century AD he wrote the treatise A Manuscript on Deciphering Cryptographic Messages.

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Terikel Grayhair
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posted 12-15-12 09:48 AM EDT (US)     2 / 3       
Didn't Caesar use a code where he simply shifted the alphabet over one letter?

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Alex_the_Bold
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posted 12-15-12 02:07 PM EDT (US)     3 / 3       
...and the ancient Spartans used the Scytale.

@Pitt
I was talking about known spies/assassins of the period. For instance, the Hashshashin were notorious...

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Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
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