Colonel Blood  
David Hanrahan
Sales Highlights
  • A gripping tale of seventeenth-century England's most wanted man
  • Lively and highly readable style, bringing Blood and his times to life
  • a thundering good story (BBC History Magazine)
  • Nothing else available on this eminently marketable subject
    Thomas Blood (1618-80) was a celebrity in his own lifetime, even though this celebrity was based on infamy. A turncoat, spy and double agent, Blood is most notorious for being the only person to successfully steal the Crown Jewels. This book is the first on this fascinating subject for over fifty years. It not only explores the rich seam of villainy inherent in Bloodís rumbustious career, but also depicts in vivid detail the effects of the civil war and the means by which the crown maintained power in the difficult early years of Charles IIís reign by fully exploiting a prototypical intelligence network. From all of this Blood emerges as a complex, perhaps even a tortured figure. Was he simply a daredevil, or something altogether more driven, compelled to confront authority at every turn and live by his own standards, a permanent rebel and outsider?  
    156 x 234 mm
    224 pp
    128 x 197 mm
    224 pp
    illus. 12 b&w  illus. 13 b&w  
    £20.00 RRP £8.99 RRP
    ISBN: 0750933275ISBN: 0750933283
    Publication  2003Publication  2004

    The author 

    David Hanrahan is a headteacher and lecturer in the philosophy of education at the University of Ireland, Galway. He has written numerous articles on Ireland in the Civil Wars as well as an illustrated history of the Irish accordion. 

    Category  Wide popular historical appeal; of particular interest to those interested in the history of London, in royal heritage, Irish history and the civil war period, as well as true crime fans.   


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