King Charles II is different to his father. He is roguish, and nicknamed 'The Merry Monarch', loving festivities, gambling and horse racing. His Queen, Catherine, fails to produce an heir, yet he has many mistresses and fathers several illegitimate children. Highly intelligent, he has innumerable interests and furthers both science and astronomy.
Although much happier, his reign has problems. Essentially needed is a balanced religious tolerance between Catholics, Protestants and, alarmingly, the rebellious Nonconformists, whose terrorist 'Fifth Monarchy Men' pose constant threats. Amongst these is another 'Rogue', religious fanatic, womaniser, kidnapper, suspected 'double agent' and a thief renowned for the most spectacular heist, ever, for which he should have been executed. Instead, as one of our greatest mysteries, he is pardoned by the King.
Alan S. Blood is an author who worked in Advertising and the Civil Service, in London, before qualifying as a Teacher from the University of Reading. He enjoyed a long, distinguished career in this Profession.
Alan now devotes his time to writing novels, plays screenplays and poetry and has widely travelled the world, especially undertaking research in Chile where some of his novel, ‘CRY OF THE MACHI A Suffolk Murder Mystery’, is set. The story concerns ritualistic killings around a team of Suffolk Morris Men with a supernatural link to a Patagonian ‘Machi’ of the Mapuche Indians. There is also the involvement of organised crime. He was previously a Cotswold Morris Dancer with two different ‘sides’.
Alan’s first novel : ‘Once Upon A Castle’ is a teenage ghost story set in World War 11.
His novel 'Rogue And Royal', set in 17th century Britain, although centred upon the stealing of the Crown Jewels, examines the far wider issues of political intrigue and espionage before and after their connection with this remarkable event.
Alan now lives next to the Irish sea and enjoys wildlife photography, both around the Welsh coast and countryside, as well as painting and scraperboard engraving.