"... a lad who had once come within an ace of stealing the Crown Jewels" Thomas Blood and the theft of the Crown Jewels in 1671
9 May 1671, Colonel Thomas Blood and his gang tried to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
“Secondly, and a sad come-down it is if you're a purist, meet Colonel Tom Blood, cashiered, bought out, and all too obviously our Anti-Hero, in his lodgings, a seedy attic in Blackfriars, with a leaky ceiling and the paper peeling off the walls in damp strips. He has five pence in his pocket, his linen is foul, his boots are cracked, he hasn't shaved, there's nothing for breakfast but the stale heel of a loaf and pump water, and his railing harridan of a landlady has just shrieked abusively up the stairs to remind him that he is six weeks behind with the rent. But Colonel Blood is Irish and an optimist, and lies on his unmade bed with his hands behind his head, whistling and planning how to elope with a rich cit's wife once he has brought the silly bag to the boil and she has assembled her valuables. He'd need a razor from somewhere, to be sure, and a clean shirt, but these – like poverty, hunger, and a shocking reputation – were trifles to a resourceful lad who had once come within an ace of stealing the Crown Jewels.“ (George MacDonald Fraser, "The Pyrates")
|“It was for a crown!" as imagined by Henry Perronet Briggs (1793 – 1844)|
|Colonel Thomas Blood|
King Charles II, a Merry Monarch – by John Michael Wright (1617 – 1694)
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