London, UK: Accumulator Press, 2015. Hardback, 269 pages. New.
Secret passages or hidden tunnels are a widespread feature of popular belief, and England has hundreds of them. Antony Clayton present the first book on the subject for twenty-five years, based upon extensive new research. An engaging writer as well as a solid resercher, Clayton delights the reader with amorous monarchs, concupiscent monks, vanishing fiddlers, thwarted treasure seekers, cunning smugglers, elusive Catholic priests and escaping Royalists. Some celebrities of history appear, not least Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII, Charles II and Winston Churchill. Clayton also introduces us to some mythical figures associated with secret tunnels, so prepare to meet the Dragon of Ludham, Spring-heeled Jack and Sir John ‘Bloody’ Baker. If you are interested in the unusual aspects of the English landscape, this book is for you.
Secret Tunnels of England: Folklore and Fact is the new and definitive work on the subject. The book’s foreword is by Bradley L. Garrett and there is a supplementary essay by occult authority Gary Lachman.
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