BBC History Magazine

Holy hold-up


The 1 th century highwayman ,ack %ollet often committed his crimes while dressed as a bishop. *is career was interrupte­d when he lost his religious robes in a game of dice – but, according to The Newgate Calendar, he hastened to replace them by holding up a real cleric. The bishop of Winchester was perturbed when, after being robbed at gunpoint, he was also forced to hand over his vestments. %ollet was caught and eZecuted in 1691 for psacrilegi­ous burglaryq.

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