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Norfolk Miscellany by Pamela Brooks

Norfolk Miscellany

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Norfolk Miscellany by Pamela Brooks

Norfolk Miscellany is an eclectic mix of historic tales of places and personalities, plus a wealth of facts and figures about the fifth largest county in England. In this fascinating study of Norfolk history you'll find stories of sailors, explorers, treasure, giants, dwarves and the story of a man who started out as a vicar and ended up being eaten by a lion! This is a fantastic read with many enjoyable and unmissable stories to share. There are tales of pirates, smugglers and duels, of King John losing his treasure in the Wash, and of strange prophecies. Who made and played an iron cello, where's the oldest and largest Norman keep in the UK, and why was there once a whale's skull in a Yarmouth church? There are some things peculiar to Norfolk - such as Jack Valentine, biffins, Cosseyware, whifflers and the Norwich shawl - and we also have more windmills and more mediaeval churches than anywhere else in the country. In this book you'll find stories of sailors, explorers, treasure, giants and dwarves; the story of a man who started out as a vicar and ended up being eaten by a lion; and of the man who discovered Tutankhamun's tomb. Then there's Henry Kabel, who was sentenced to transportation for burglary and became the chief constable in Sydney - and also won the first court case heard in the colony. Tom Paine, a political thinker, narrowly escaped being guillotined in the French Revolution and went on to find fame in America. Amy Robsart was the woman who stood between Elizabeth I and the love of her life, Robert Dudley: was Amy's death murder or an accident? Do you know what a Harry Carrier is and where it was used? Where can you find the largest colony of seals in the UK or the only known maternity colony of barbastelle bats? What were the famous Pulham Pigs, and where did the Sex Pistols once play in Norfolk? Where can you find the only mediaeval merchant's hall to survive in Europe, or Britain's tallest corn mill? And where at noon would you be able to tell the time at Rome, Amsterdam, Constantinople, Lisbon and Bermuda? Find out all this, and more besides, in Norfolk Miscellany !

About the Author

PAMELA BROOKS is a freelance author and journalist who grew up in Norfolk and has lived in Norwich for over 20 years. She has a keen interest in local history and is the author of Norwich: Street by Street (2006), The Norfolk Almanac of Disasters (2007) and Heroes, Villains and Victims of Norwich (2008), all published by Breedon Books. Heroes, Villains and Victims of Norwich was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2008. She also writes romantic fiction as Kate Hardy; she won the Romantic Novelists' Association Romance Prize in 2008.

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Publication date

1st April 2012


Pamela Brooks

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DB Publishing


224 pages


Local history



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