Blackguard’s was founded in 1536 by Sir Thomas Blackguard, Henry VIII's enforcer. He was a bull-necked bully who fought his way up from nowhere. Sir Thomas's parents were country bumpkins who came to London in 1504 in the belief that the streets were paved with gold and that there was a huge demand for oyster wranglers, a skill at which they thought they could excel. They foolishly spent their life savings (6 groats and a pair of chickens) on a hovel on Thames mudflats, not realising that the river was tidal. The hovel was either under water or covered in evil-smelling slime and other, even worse, things.
Thomas was always a sturdy lad and for some years he managed to scratch a living (in every sense) as a bear wrestler in the bear pits of Southwark. But his intelligence and dearth of morals marked him out for greater (and less painful) things, and he swiftly made himself indispensable to the serial wife murderer on England's throne. Having lost his entire family one day while out suppressing monasteries, he decided to pour his ill-gotten gains into endowing a school dedicated to passing on the skills that had taken him so far, namely Betrayal, Evasion, Fabrication, Plotting, Discourtesy and Defiance and many more. Blackguard's School for Tomorrow's Tyrants was born.
Blackguard's promise is 'Future Notoriety Guaranteed' and in the 500 odd years since it was founded, the school has never failed to live up to it. But now that the incurably honest Milly Delane and Charlie Partridge are on the register, the school’s reputation is in danger.