Wednesday, May 08, 2019

The Map of Myth & Legends

In 1487 a ten year old boy invaded England in an attempt to depose Henry VII and make himself King. Lambert Simnel, who was really a tradesman's son from Oxford, pretended to be Edward Plantagenet, the Earl of Warwick, raised an army of Irish Soldiers and then led them on a campaign against the might of England.

Simnel's army was defeated at the Battle of Stoke Field in Nottinghamshire. Henry VII pardoned the young Simnel and, rather than execute the young pretender, put him to work as a spit-turner in the royal kitchen.

Lambert Simnel's tale is just one of many (not all of them true) on English Heritage's new interactive map of myths and legends. English Heritage's Map of Myth, Legend and Folklore includes a number of incredible stories which are associated with English Heritage properties throughout England. As well as all of these wonderful legendary tales the map includes a number of fun Easter eggs. Search around the map and you can find ships being dragged to the bottom of the ocean by many tentacled sea monsters, sea serpents riding the waves, ships being swallowed whole by huge whales and gigantic lobsters with deadly claws.

If you are interested in visiting any of the listed locations on the map then you might want to click on the flag markers on the map. These markers indicate special events which are taken place at English Heritage properties throughout 2019.

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