Sunday evening, October 9th, 1216. King John is facing continued civil war and a devastating French invasion; treacherous times. We discover him crossing the tidal marshes of the Fenlands of East Anglia. He is about to lose England’s crown jewels, his gem collection, and sackfuls of silver coins with his image on them: a treasure trove.
What happened? What was he doing in that remote and windswept place? Why did he take the crown jewels with him? And why did he die so soon afterwards?
Eight hundred years of searches by Fenfolk, academics, newspaper magnates, Victorian eccentrics and even an American research company have found nothing. No golden chalice, no pearl studied casket, no coins. Why?
We follow King John at that vulnerable time, day by day, and reveal for the first time some surprising and interesting answers to the many questions posed by the mystery of his lost treasure.
|Publisher:||Pen and Sword|
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About the Author
Shirley Charters MA (Cantab), F.R.G.S. F.R.S.A. was educated at St. Mary's School and Newnham College, Cambridge, where she took her degree in Geography, gained a Blue, played county netball and had a wonderful time. Writing and directing documentary films around the world followed, which ended when a script and marriage took her to Fiji for twenty five years. There she wrote for various antipodean and west coast U.S. newspapers and magazines until retirement brought her back to U.K. where she has had the time to take up again an earlier, undergraduate fascination with King John's Treasure.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Sunday 9 October 1216; Late Afternoon at Lynn 1
Chapter 2 What Might Be in the Treasure? 4
Chapter 3 All Good Stories Begin Somewhere 9
Chapter 4 Where it all Happened; the Interminable Fenlands 17
Chapter 5 Late Sunday Night 10 October 1216 23
Chapter 6 John, the Runt Who Would be King 31
Chapter 7 Conflict with the Church 41
Chapter 8 Who Exactly Were the Mysterious Knights Templar? 46
Chapter 9 Monday Morning at Lynn 10 October 1216 54
Chapter 10 Money, and Magna Carta 58
Chapter 11 How the French Kept the Pot Boiling 69
Chapter 12 The French in Conquering Mode 78
Chapter 13 John's Progress Through Lincolnshire 86
Chapter 14 Early Tuesday 11 October 1216 at Lynn 93
Chapter 15 The Elusive Fenfolk 97
Chapter 16 Later Tuesday 11 October at Lynn 101
Chapter 17 Wednesday 12 October at Wisbech and onwards 109
Chapter 18 Overnight Wednesday 12 October to Thursday 13 October at The Priory at Swineshead 115
Chapter 19 Friday 14 October and Saturday 15 October Sleaford Castle 119
Chapter 20 Sunday 16 October to Tuesday 18 October at Newark 123
Chapter 21 Aftermath and Resolution 127
Chapter 22 And the Treasure… 137
Chapter 23 'History is Nothing but Gossip in the Hope it Might be True' Gore Vidal 141