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Lost Legend of the Thryberg Hawk

Lost Legend of the Thryberg Hawk (Hardback)

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Marksmanship skills honed to perfection, driven by necessity and desperation, Edmund Hawksworth hunted with his crossbow to keep his ailing mother alive, only to have her die in his arms. Deserted by his father who had left to fight the Lancastrian cause, the embittered and determined lad set out on a mission of vengeance and became embroiled in the bitter struggle for the throne of England between the Houses of Lancaster and York. There were those in 1461 who avowed that Edmund had been divinely chosen and anointed to be the Avenger of Righteous Blood - something the boy himself never claimed. What is certain, in command of the Wespen (Wasps), an elite unit of crossbow mercenaries, he turned events in York's favour at the decisive Battle of Towton. Despite protests from Yorkist lords, King Edward IV (himself a youth of eighteen), gave the accolade to the former herder of pigs from Thryberg declaring him to be 'The truest and most loyal knight in all England'. With the end of the Plantagenet dynasty and the ascent of the Lancastrian Tudors the many stories of the Yorkist boy hero were supressed.

However, for fifty years fanciful tales of 'The Hawk' lingered on in the towns and villages of the West Riding of Yorkshire until in 1509 Edmund's brother arrived in chains at Conisbrough Castle. Before his burning in Doncaster Fish Market the condemned heretic tells the true story of the Lost Legend of the Hawk.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismFiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd Publication Date: 30/08/2014 ISBN-13: 9781783831814  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jack Holroyd has worked in printing and publishing for over 45 years. He has authored six works of fiction and written and illustrated a cartoon strip for a weekly newspaper, the main character of which, Sam Barn, was adopted by Russian cosmonauts manning the Mir Space Station.

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