It only takes a moment to change the world. Our past is littered with these moments; from the grandest in the land – a Queen claiming her crown at a Suffolk castle – to the humblest – a workman whitewashing religious pictures in a church.
These moments in time helped create our history in East Anglia. In this book, former journalist Peter Sargent takes us on a journey in time, from the mysterious ancient figure of the Green Man in Norwich Cathedral, via the day King Charles II rode a winner at Newmarket’s racetrack on to Second World War soldiers preparing for the D-Day landings in woods on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.
In this series of short stories, many of which first appeared in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper, you will encounter famous figures who made their mark on the eastern counties. Here is Oliver Cromwell raising an army in a Huntingdon inn which stands to this day, Queen Elizabeth I making a Royal Progress through Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, while her sister Mary plays a deadly game of thrones, highwayman Dick Turpin goes about his nefarious business, while Norfolk squire and Britain’s first Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, saves the country from financial ruin.
You’ll also meet less well known figures and visit off the beaten track spots; a Cambridgeshire Iron Age ‘hill fort’ in the fens, Norfolk’s raffish 19th Century bare knuckle boxers and the courageous sailors who fought a huge, but barely remembered, 17th Century sea battle off the Suffolk coast.
Enjoy this grand, occasionally eccentric, tour of East Anglia’s well known – and not so well-known – significant moments. Read one of the 50 stories, Science vs Bottom today.