THOMAS VIOLET, A SLY AND DANGEROUS FELLOW: SILVER AND SPYING IN CIVIL WAR LONDON
178pp., 6 maps, P.B. 2017. He was a scoundrel who used his knowledge of the financial markets of his day to legally extort money out of people in scheme after scheme for nearly thirty years. Along the way, he was caught up in the English Civil War and interacted with many of the major players – he knew and worked for King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, and King Charles II. In desperate times, both King Charles I and Oliver Cromwell were willing to use the unsavory Violet to help solve the financial crisis both men faced as rulers of England.