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The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood: The Spy Who Stole the Crown Jewels…

by Robert Hutchinson

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A very enjoyable book about one of British history's more enigmatic figures.Colonel Blood made an attempt to steal the crown jewels but this book reveals much more about the life of an adventurer rogue and the conspiracies / plots of Stuart Britain. A very good read ( )
  prichardson | Aug 3, 2015 |
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'THE AUDACIOUS CRIMES OF COLONEL BLOOD is television mini-series material ...the clash of blades, the whizzing bullets and galloping hooves guarantee nonstop adventure.' Jonathan Keates, LITERARY REVIEW One morning in May 1671, a man disguised as a parson daringly attempted to seize the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. Astonishingly, he managed to escape with the regalia and crown before being apprehended. And yet he was not executed for treason. Instead, the king granted him a generous income and he became a familiar strutting figure in the royal court's glittering state apartments. This man was Colonel Thomas Blood, a notorious turncoat and fugitive from justice. Nicknamed the 'Father of all Treasons', he had been involved in an attempted coup d'etat in Ireland as well as countless plots to assassinate Charles II. In an age when gossip and intrigue ruled the coffee houses, the restored Stuart king decided Blood was more useful to him alive than dead. But while serving as his personal spy, Blood was conspiring with his enemies. At the same time he hired himself out as a freelance agent for those seeking to further their political ambition. In THE AUDACIOUS CRIMES OF COLONEL BLOOD bestselling historian Robert Hutchinson paints a vivid portrait of a double agent bent on ambiguous political and personal motivation, and provides an extraordinary account of the perils and conspiracies that abounded in Restoration England.

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"One morning in May 1671, a man disguised as a parson daringly attempted to seize the crown jewels from the Tower of London. Astonishingly, he managed to escape with the regalia and crown before being apprehended. And yet he was not executed for treason. Instead, the king granted him a generous income and he became a familiar strutting figure in the royal court's glittering state apartments ... Hutchinson paints a ... portrait of a double agent bent on ambiguous political and personal motivation, and provides an ... account of the perils and conspiracies that abounded in Restoration England"--Dust jacket flap.… (more)

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