Cat O'nine Tales and Other StoriesBook - 2007
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… The Kennington Set, as [the cautious burglar] Max went on to explain, was in fact a chess set. But no ordinary chess set … The pieces were probably crafted by Lu Ping (1469-1540), a master craftsman of the Ming Dynasty … Three complete sets were known to be in existence. … one Captain James Kennington (1552-1618), a true adventurer, buccaneer, and loyal servant of Queen Elizabeth I … rescued the first [chess] set in 1588 … on returning to Plymouth, Captain Kennington lavished treasure on his monarch. Her Majesty … rewarded Captain Kennington with a knighthood. The only difference between a pirate and a peer is who you divide the spoils with.”
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