"To the world, to the press, to the government, he was a retired lawyer of fading distinction, yesterday's man, of no interest. In fact, he was directing an organisation that functioned very like a secret service, which not many years before had been part of the security and intelligence services of the Crown."
—A description of Thomas Nugent's work[src]

Lord Thomas Nugent was the leader of Oakley Street, and formerly the Lord Chancellor of England. His dæmon had the form of a black and white lemur.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Lord Chancellor[edit | edit source]

Under a liberal, secular government, Thomas Nugent was Lord Chancellor. When a new government arose which submitted to the Consistorial Court of Discipline in Geneva, Nugent was forced to work surreptitiously.[2]

Oakley Street[edit | edit source]

Nugent became director of a secret organisation known as Oakley Street. One of their more unusual directives was keeping the six-month-old Lyra Belacqua safe from those who wanted to kill her. Nugent had her placed at Godstow Priory in the care of the nuns.[2]

Death[edit | edit source]

Roughly twenty years later, Thomas died. Glenys Godwin succeeded him as leader of the organisation.[3]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. La Belle Sauvage, Chapter 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 La Belle Sauvage, Chapter 2
  3. The Secret Commonwealth, Chapter 10
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