Sometimes, crime does pay. Though he never actually rose above the rank of lieutenant, the Irish adventurer, Thomas Blood, was also known as Captain Blood or Colonel Blood. Having been a Parliamentarian during the English Civil war, he was deprived of his Irish estates once the monarchy was restored and did not take it well. Stung by the loss, he disguised himself as a priest and entered the Tower of London on May 9th, 1671, bent on liberating the Crown Jewels. He and his three accomplices were caught, but King Charles II (who was, after all, the ‘Merry Monarch’, was so impressed by Blood’s audacity he gave him back his lands and threw in an annual pension as well.
I’m guest blogging with Penny Ehrenkranz today to talk about getting kids and history to connect. http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/2014/05/renee-duke-how-historical-fiction-can.html.