Thomas Blood was not only pardoned, but he was also given land in Ireland worth £500 a year. The reasons for the king’s pardon and reward remain unknown.
With his abdication, Edward VIII became the first—and so far, the only—British monarch to abdicate the throne voluntarily.
John XII preferred battles to Bible study, hunting to holiness, and was a notorious adulterer and liar. The prestige of the papacy was at its lowest ebb.