Snow on the Hedges

A Life of Cuthbert Mayne

Helen Whelan

When Cuthbert Mayne was executed in 1577 it seemed a simple matter. Like so many who were to follow him, he had fallen foul of the law and had suffered the penalty - a public execution in all its horrific detail.  Was it, in fact, so simple?

Fascinated by the area and subject Helen Whelan’s detailed study gradually uncovered the intriguing truth which shows that, far from being the central character, Cuthbert Mayne was a mere pawn. Richard Grenville used this pawn so skilfully that he was able, in one move, to bring about the downfall of Catholicism in the West Country for centuries and to ruin the recusant families he saw as rivals for power.

978 085244 025 4

206 pages


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