LOST LEGEND OF THE THRYBERG HAWK


LOST LEGEND OF THE THRYBERG HAWK

JACK HOLROYD    Book Number: 87817    Product format: Hardback

Following the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and the defeat of Richard III by Henry Tudor of Lancaster, suppression of events of the previous 25 years, a re-writing of history inevitably took place. The Yorkist reign of Plantagenet Edward IV, along with that King's victories over supporters of the rival party, received scant and unsympathetic recording by chroniclers of Tudor times. Many events which occurred during what would later become known as the Wars of the Roses are hazy and tantalisingly lacking in detail. Interweaved with research and historical facts is the story of Edmund and John Thryberg, brothers who rise from pig herders to one becoming a legend as a crossbow shot and ultimately a 'Knight of the Realm' under Edward IV. The setting is Yorkshire, covering the land from Conisbrough Castle to York; the time leads us into the second half of the 15th century, pinpointed around 1461. The Wars of the Roses between the Yorkists and the Lancastrian Tudors was in full cry and we are told that Edmund's legend was suppressed by the Lancastrians, and the reason why the legend of the Hawk became lost. There is speculation that Edmund was specially chosen to be the Avenger of Righteous Blood and we can see how such tales are passed on orally from village to village. John is the storyteller of his brother's exploits and waits to be taken to Doncaster to be put to the fire as traitor. Marksmanship skills, honed to perfection, 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. There were those in 1461who avowed that Edmund had been divinely chosen, something the boy himself never claimed. What is certain, in command of the Wespen (Waps), an élite unit of crossbow mercenaries, Edmund turned events in York's favour at the decisive Battle of Towton. King Edward IV, himself a youth of 18, gave the accolade to the former herder of pigs. For 50 years, fanciful tales of The Hawk lingered on in towns and villages of the West Riding of Yorkshire, until in 1509, Edmund's brother John arrived in chains at Conisbrough Castle to tell the tale. With lovely colour plates, each chapter can almost stand alone as a short story of courageous exploits, deaths, family and romantic interest. 352pp, line art and colour plates.
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