One morning in May 1671, Colonel Thomas Blood daringly attempted to
seize the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. Astonishingly, he
managed to escape with St Edward's Crown and the Coronation Regalia
before being apprehended. Fervently and religiously nonconformist,
Blood had been involved in many plots to assassinate King Charles
II and overthrow the Stuart government. He had also participated in
an attempted coup d'etat in Ireland and was publicly labelled the
'Father of all Treasons'. And yet he was not instantly executed for
treason. Instead, the king granted him a generous income from lands
in Ireland and he became a familiar strutting figure in the
glittering state apartments of the royal court.Bestselling
historian Robert Hutchinson tells the gripping tale of one of the
most enigmatic and alluring figures in the history of Britain.
Blood was a hunted man across the kingdom, and Hutchinson explores
the dangerous life of a double agent during the Restoration. While
serving as the king's personal spy, Blood was supporting those who
conspired to murder him. In an age when gossip and intrigue ruled
the coffee houses, he also hired himself out as a freelance agent
for those wishing to further their ambitions in the cockpit of late
seventeenth-century politics.The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood
is the compelling story of a man bent on ambiguous political and
personal motivation, as well as an extraordinary account of the
court of Charles II and the perils and conspiracies that constantly
surrounded the 'Merry Monarch'.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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