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By Terry Deary

This background booklet describes the extra grotesque aspect of the Stuart interval. It tells why a few Stuarts ate toads, snails and fleas, which king picked his nostril and not washed his arms, and who wore fish on their toes. proof in regards to the revolting Roundheads and ghastly man Fawkes are given.

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Talbot Edwards had that kind of reputation. He lived to an outstanding previous age yet by no means grew bored with telling humans in regards to the time he was once robbed… previous Talbot Edwards sat within the nook of the tavern and emptied his mug of ale. He ran a tongue over his toothless gums and loved the flavor. Then he driven the mug around the desk to the younger couple who sat contrary him. ‘Another pint of ale may also help my memory,’ he smiled. The younger guy signalled and the owner introduced a clean jug to the desk. Talbot dabbed at his watery eyes with a grubby handkerchief and reached for the ale. ‘So you’ve heard approximately me, eh? ’ ‘We have, Mr Edwards,’ the younger guy stated eagerly. ‘I’m writing the tale for a newspaper and desired to listen your aspect of it. ’ ‘It’s ten years because the robbery,’ Talbot shrugged. ‘Why now? ’ ‘Because Blood’s dead,’ the younger girl installed. The previous guy blinked and paused along with his mug part approach to his lips. ‘Blood? useless? No-o. Blood’s no longer this type of guy to die. I simply don’t think it. ’ He shook his head slowly. ‘Tell me approximately him,’ the younger guy prompt. Talbot Edwards sat again at the oak bench and part closed his eyes. ‘Funny little feller, Colonel Blood. gruesome face with smallpox scars, brief legs and incredible blue eyes. gorgeous Irish voice. He might speak the tail off a pig. i used to be accountable for the Tower of London again in 1671 while he became up on my doorstep. He was once dressed like a parson, and he instructed me he was once a parson … so i thought him! ’ ‘He used to be a soldier, notwithstanding, wasn’t he? ’ the younger lady requested. ‘Came to England to struggle for Cromwell and the Roundheads? ’ previous Talbot threw again his head and laughed. ‘Bless you, no! He got here to England to struggle for the Cavaliers … he purely switched facets to the Roundheads while he learned that King Charles used to be going to lose! ’ He chuckled and supped his beer. ‘Of direction he wasn’t too renowned whilst Charles the second one got here again to the throne. the hot executive took every little thing Tom Blood had. ’ ‘That’s whilst he selected the theft? ’ the reporter requested. ‘Aye. yet being Colonel Blood it couldn’t be any traditional theft, may it? No. It needed to be the main bold theft of all time. He needed to opt for the Crown Jewels, didn’t he. ’ ‘And it was once your task to protect them? ’ the younger lady requested. ‘I used to be the keeper. Lived at the flooring above the jewel room. in fact, my activity used to be to teach viewers the jewels – specially decent viewers like ‘Parson’ Blood. and that i by no means suspected something. He spent months atmosphere it up, you spot. introduced his spouse with him at the moment stopover at. I bear in mind she took unwell within the jewel room and my spouse Nell sorted her. Parson Blood used to be so thankful he got here again days later with a couple of recent gloves for Nell. After that he grew to become a kind of pal of the relations. ’ ‘And he didn’t exhibit an strange curiosity within the jewels? ’ ‘No-o. He appeared extra attracted to creating a fit among his wealthy nephew and my daughter. after all the ladies have been partial to that! ’ outdated Talbot stated. ‘So how did the theft take place? ’ the reporter requested. ‘I’m coming to that,’ the previous guy stated and took a protracted drink of his ale.

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