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The Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303: The Extraordinary Story of the First Big Bank Raid in History By Paul Doherty,

  • Title: The Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303: The Extraordinary Story of the First Big Bank Raid in History
  • Author: Paul Doherty
  • ISBN: 9780786716647
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Many people know of Colonel Blood s attempt to steal the Crown Jewels during the reign of Charles II 1660 1685 However, Blood s conspiracy wasn t the first, and certainly not the most successful In 1303, while Edward I of England was north of the Scottish border trying to crush William Wallace, he d stashed his treasure safely in Westminster Abbey behind iron bound dooMany people know of Colonel Blood s attempt to steal the Crown Jewels during the reign of Charles II 1660 1685 However, Blood s conspiracy wasn t the first, and certainly not the most successful In 1303, while Edward I of England was north of the Scottish border trying to crush William Wallace, he d stashed his treasure safely in Westminster Abbey behind iron bound doors, in a place of sanctity which housed Christ s body, not to mention pious Benedictine monks Enter Richard Puddlicott, a former merchant who had been arrested in the Low Countries because of Edward I s debts This charming dissolute rogue infiltrated the Abbey s inner circle entertaining them on the proceeds of their own silver and, before long, had helped himself to a good part of the treasure The King s fury knew no bounds, but Puddlicott ran his men a merry dance before eventually being captured and sent along with forty monks to his death in the Tower This compelling work is an exhilarating tale of cunning deceit, lechery, feisty villains, meddling monks, greedy goldsmiths, and devious pimps and prostitutes It takes the lid off both the medieval underworld and the assumed piousness of the monastic community.
    The Great Crown Jewels Robbery of The Extraordinary Story of the First Big Bank Raid in History Many people know of Colonel Blood s attempt to steal the Crown Jewels during the reign of Charles II However Blood s conspiracy wasn t the first and certainly not the most successful In

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    1. Non placet nobis It does not please us So spoke the mighty Edward I when he discovered some naughty monks had stolen his treasures of the Crown Since Edward Longshanks was also known as the Hammer of the Scots and had William Wallace gutted literally , this probably wasn t the king from whom one would want to steal This book is a very well defined and literal explanation of the events that shook England in 1303, with the author basically providing the research verbatim on the pages.What does com [...]

    2. This is an excellent book that uses many Medieval primary documents to reconstruct and analyze the robbery The author clearly seeks to prove that the citizenry of London played an abetting role and works to show of a long standing rivalry between London and the kings of England The background that Doherty presents on the leading figures, not only the convicted criminals, but the jailers and jurymen too, provide a fascinating look at how all of the characters were entwined socially before and aft [...]

    3. A good non fiction book about the events of 1303 in which the monks of Westminster Abbey conspired with a London gang of ne er do wells to rob the treasury of King Edward I s crown jewels It is a very thorough and concise text cleverly laid out in Chaucer esque chapters entitled The Sheriff s Tale , The Thieves Tale etc which provide backstory on the motivations and roles of various conspirators in the robbery Some have claimed that there is too much filler in the book and not enough detail abou [...]

    4. What first took me aback about this book was the size of it It s only about 200 pages long and very light for some reason I imagined the book would be longer However, even at 200 pages it feels padded There are long excerpts of translated witness statements and other tangentially related documents, without much discussion of whose translations they are I assume the author s, but that is not explicitly mentioned and the methodology involved in translating them When it comes to incorporating texts [...]

    5. How stupid do you have to be to cross Edward I A motley assortment of corrupt Benedictine monks, local thugs and their sluts, some greedy goldsmiths and a blackmailed Abbot of Westminster conspired to rob the treasure room of Westminster Abbey in 1303 Once the king, fresh from stomping William Wallace, found out about it, the entire machinery of the royal justice system would be engaged to investigate, prosecute and execute the malefactors This is a nice case study showing the inner workings of [...]

    6. An interesting read Very repetitive but gives good cultural, political and historical background to an interesting and long forgotten event Very well researched Maps were useful, would have been better, although that might have breached UK security.

    7. I thought the book was ok It s a true story of how the Crown jewels were stolen Interesting story but he didn t seem to have tons of info on it, so he padded with other things.

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