During medieval times Crown Jewels were the personal property of the sovereign. It was fairly common practice for the King or Queen to pawn them or use them as security for loans in time of war. Most were kept at the Tower, particularly when the sovereign was in residence there, although the Coronation Regalia was held at Westminster Abbey. Sometime after 1660, a new set of Regalia was made to replace what had been destroyed during the Commonwealth. It was at that time that the Tower became the permanent home of the Crown Jewels and put on public display.
The Affair of Thomas Blood
The only man to have ever managed to steal the Crown Jewels, Thomas Blood nearly got away with it but unfortunately he ran out of luck before he got past the main gate.
A History of the Crown Jewels
A short history of the Crown Jewels and the original jewel house.
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