Hitories & Mysteries: “I am not indeed the man I said I was.” Perkin Warbeck and the Siege of Exeter
May02

Hitories & Mysteries: “I am not indeed the man I said I was.” Perkin Warbeck and the Siege of Exeter

Perkin Warbeck in the pillory 1497 was a turbulent year in the South West. June had seen the Cornish Rebellion against new taxes being levied by Henry VII, while September and October saw a short, unexpected siege on the city of Exeter, followed by a month-long visit from Henry himself. Both of these events were linked to one man whose very existence was problematic for Henry – Perkin Warbeck, a young Flemish man in his late teens,...

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Folkmoor: Y is for… Yar Tor
Apr23

Folkmoor: Y is for… Yar Tor

© Chris Saville Back in the summer, I wrote about Dartmoor’s famous Lych Way and the Coffin Stone that can be found on the slopes of Yartor Down. That is not the only interesting artefact in the area, however; the slopes of Yar Tor and nearby Corndon Tor and Corndown Down are littered with tantalising glimpses into our distant past. Heading north from the parking area at the foot of Yartor Down and crossing the road, one is...

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Historie and Mysteries: The Tragedy of Frozen Charlotte

I was about eight years old, digging away happily in a flowerbed in our back garden in Exeter, ‘helping’ with the weeding. The sunlight caught something in the dirt and I carefully dug around the object to see what it was. It turned out to be a tiny white china doll about 3cm in length, with painted black hair and lopsided, painted facial features. It was naked, and moulded into its back was the number 4. Incredibly, apart from some...

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