MURDER, TERROR AND REVENGE IN MEDIEVAL LANCASHIRE The Legend of Mab's Cross

Author: Holcroft (Fred)
Year: 1992
Publisher: Wigan Heritage Service
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 1874496005
Price: 10.00
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Softcover. Wigan Heritage Service publications : 2. England was in a state of turmoil in the early 14th century. Throughout the country the king's castles were being attacked by his enemies, and law and order could barely be upheld. A state of near anarchy prevailed, and nowhere more so than in Lancashire, where a revolt broke out in 1315. This was the bloody Banaster Rebellion, not in fact against the king but against his chief opponent of the time, Thomas, Earl of Lancaster and the Earl's chief official, Sir Robert de Holland. It was around this time that a legend was born - that of Mab's Cross. Handed down from generation to generation, this has become by far the best known legend of the Wigan area. Its two main characters, Sir William Bradshaigh and his wife Lady Mabel, were certainly real characters. But did Sir William actually take part in the Crusades? Did Lady Mabel, thinking him dead, take a Welsh knight as her second husband? Did Sir William return from a long absence disguised as a palmer? And did he gain his revenge by chasing and killing the Welsh knight? Did lady Mabel actually do penance to the cross in Standishgate? Such is the stuff of legends, set against the background of one of the most savage episodes in the history of Lancashire - a story of murder, terror and revenge. Illus. + Bibliog. 32pp. 8vo softcover with dw. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in F. dw.

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