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Beware of Captain Blood

I think that anyone would agree that they would not want to know or have anything to do with a man known as Captain Blood. Way back in the 1600s, an Irish adventurer whose name was Thomas Blood was caught trying to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in England. This was his greatest claim to fame.

It was the time of the English Civil War and a Parliamentarian, Thomas Blood found himself deprived of his Irish estates when the English monarchy was restored in 1660. So in 1663 Blood became the leader in a plot to attempt to seize Dublin Castle and take it away from those who supported King Charles II. Unfortunately for them, the plot was uncovered, Blood managed to escape but those who were his accomplices were executed.

There was no way this was going to stop Thomas Blood. He came up with another crazy plan in 1671 which involved stealing the new Crown Jewels that had been refashioned by Charles II as a great deal of the original jewels had been melted down once Charles I was executed in 1649. Masquerading as a priest on May 9, 1671 Blood connived the keeper of the Jewel House to give him his pistols. He had three accomplices and at this point, they came out from the shadows.

Together they all forced their way into the Jewel House. Unfortunately, luck was not with them. The keeper’s son arrived and notified the Tower guards. It was time to flee. One of the men took a Royal Orb and put it down his pants while Blood took a mallet and flattened the Royal Crown and attempted to run away. Now you know that this cannot end in a good way unless it’s a Hollywood movie and even then most times the villains are caught.

All four of the scoundrels were caught and arrested by the Tower guards. Blood found himself brought before King Charles II. This is where it becomes just like a Hollywood movie. The king was actually impressed by the audacity that Blood had shown and instead of punishing Blood he rewarded him. The king gave him back his Irish estates and made him a member of his court with an annual pension. It just couldn’t get better than that. I just wonder how the king could have been sure that Blood at some point wouldn’t plot against him. It seemed that this man was a very greedy man.   So this is where the story ends. All over the kingdom, everyone knew about Captain Blood as he had become notoriously famous. When he met with his demise in 1680 his body had to be exhumed so that the public would believe that he was really dead and would never hatch another plot again.

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  1. I have a problem with a king or any ruler or leader who is impressed with an avaricious scoundrel. Seems like they don’t set their standards very high. Does that mean they wish they could be like them? Hhmmm …? I wonder.

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