The Thieves of Threadneedle Street

The Thieves of Threadneedle Street

The Victorian Fraudsters Who Almost Broke the Bank of England

Hardback352pp Illustrated243x164mm

9780752493404     Product Code: 505179

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Although still in his twenties, Austin Bidwell was an experienced international criminal at the time of his arrest for a fraud on the Bank of England in 1873. Based on original sources, including court transcripts, this is the story of the American con man and his four co-conspirators who successfully passed off bills of exchange until a small mistake led to their arrest and a trial that exposed the fragility of the financial system.

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