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

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A good history of difficult times in England and Ireland, but Hutchinson provides little significant information about the spy.
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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. 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.
 

About Robert Hutchinson

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ROBERT HUTCHINSON is the author of the acclaimed The Last Days of Henry VIII and Elizabeth’s Spymaster. He lives in England.
 
Published June 14, 2016 by Pegasus Books. 341 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Mar 02 2016

A good history of difficult times in England and Ireland, but Hutchinson provides little significant information about the spy.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 28 2018

Hutchinson’s story operates more as a series of vignettes than as a fully fleshed-out biography, but Blood’s remarkable tenacity shines through, illuminating a surprisingly efficient official spy ring and a wealth of other dark secrets behind the flamboyant and seemingly carefree court of the Merry Monarch.

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