The great crown jewels robbery of 1303: the extraordinary story of the first big bank raid in history

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Constable, 2005 - Antiques & Collectibles - 242 pages
"In the reign of King Charles II (1660-85), there was a famous attempt to steal the crown jewels by the memorably named Colonel Blood. However, Blood's conspiracy was not the first such plot, and it was certainly not the most successful." "Three centuries earlier, in 1303, Edward I of England (of Braveheart fame) was north of the Scottish border attempting to crush William Wallace, secure in the knowledge that he had stashed his royal treasure safely behind iron-bound doors in Westminster Abbey - a place of sanctity reputed to house Christ's body, and inhabited by pious Benedictine monks." "Enter Richard Puddlicott, a former merchant and a charming, dissolute rogue with a grudge against the King. He infiltrated the Abbey's inner circle (entertaining them on the proceeds of their own silver) and, before long, had managed to help himself to a good part of the treasure. The King's fury knew no bounds, but Puddlicott ran the King's men a merry dance before eventually being captured and sent - along with forty monks - to his death at Westminster."--BOOK JACKET.

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The author has obviously done his research into this surprisingly relatively obscure incident. However, I thought there was rather too much repetition and am not sure there was really a full length ... Read full review


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