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Thursday, August 10, 2006
According to John Keegan in Intelligence in War, medieval English kings were convinced that members of religious orders were spies. So here's what I want: possible names for religious orders dedicated to contemplation, preaching, and espionage. So far, I don't have much:

The FranCIAscans, and the their quasi-heretical off-shoot, the Spy-Ritual Franciscans

The Double Dominicans

The Night Templars

The Clueniacs

The Carchasethusians

The Rich Clares

The Cistercinformers