The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood: The Spy Who Stole the Crown Jewels and Became the King's Secret Agent

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The gripping story of one of the most enigmatic and alluring figures in British history: a dangerous double agent and Irish rogue in King Charles II's court.

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. However, while serving as King Charles II's personal spy, Blood was conspiring with his enemies. Here Robert Hutchinson provides an extraordinary account of the perils and conspiracies that abounded in Restoration England.

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Robert Hutchinson is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, an associate tutor in church archaeology at the University of Sussex, and an expert in the archaeology of the Reformation. A keen historian and archaeologist, Hutchinson believes that Britain's history provides stories of more drama and passion than could ever be made up for any television or film screenplay. He uses as many original documents as possible in researching his highly acclaimed books.

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Robert Hutchinson's latest book is proof that truth really is stranger than fiction. The story of Colonel Blood not only introduces us to one of the most audacious men in history, but uncovers a much darker tale of spies, conspiracy and murder. A must-read for lovers of history, biography or simply a good yarn. -- TRACY BORMAN

[A] rattling but carefully researched piece of popular history ... Hutchinson sifts the various theories with characteristic thoroughness and lightness of touch[.] -- James Walton Daily Mail

A marvellous romp. THE TIMES

A rigorously researched account ... Hutchinson's biography draws extensively on surviving primary sources, including eye-witness accounts of Blood's many scrapes and court cases ... a colourful tale of life in the shadow of the gallows. -- Matthew Dennison SPECTATOR

[A] nailbiting chronicle of a thoroughly unrespectable life ... Robert Hutchinson, thoroughly at home in the smoke-and-mirrors world of Tudor and Stuart espionage, commends this doughty old desperado to us for his panache, effrontery and audacity. 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

Hutchinson paints a compelling portrait of a country hectic with sedition ... Rambunctious ... richly researched. SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

[Hutchinson] writes with great gusto ... These were violent times as this riveting book reveals. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

An extraordinary, stranger than fiction story --Choice

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