The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood

The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood

by Robert Hutchinson

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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.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681771861
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Robert Hutchinson is the bestselling author of The Last Days of Henry VIII, Elizabeth’s Spymaster, Thomas Cromwell, House of Treason, Young Henry and The Spanish Armada. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Prologue xv

1 Capture the Castle 1

2 Escape and Evasion 21

3 A Taste for Conspiracy 49

4 A Friend in Need 73

5 An Incident in St James's 90

6 The Most Audacious Crime 115

7 A Royal Pardon 132

8 Coming in from the Cold 153

9 The Ways of the Lord 172

Epilogue 195

Chronology 207

Dramatis Personae 213

Notes 229

Bibliography 293

Index 327

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