FOR 'HUGO FURST'
Here is the extract from the Robin Hood book, 'Hugo Furst'. Sorry ya missed it and were a bit slow on the up-take. It was on Page 10 - we are now on Pg 15!
David Farrant . . .
"PARANOIA: The Conspiracy Reader (Volume 1) Published April 2010 (180 pages).
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Yorkshire’s Buried Treasure
by Barbara Green
Deep in the heart of an ancient woodland in West Yorkshire, hidden beneath a formidable barrier of fierce thorns and dense undergrowth, there is a hidden grave. Here rests the mortal remains of Robin Hood, the Prince of Robbers, England’s outlaw hero, bloodily slain by the Prioress of Kirklees Nunnery six hundred years ago and cast into an unhallowed grave.
Who was the evil nun and why did she commit so foul a murder? What was the role of Red Roger of Doncaster, the convent priest? Is it possible that he was really Will Scarlet, turned monk, also the prioress’s lover? Who was the prioress? Was she Dame Mary Startin, who died of the Black Death in 1350?
All that is left of this medieval whodunit is a ruined grave, hidden in deep woodland, within the derelict priory gatehouse where Robin was so gruesomely done to death. Was the famous outlaw a victim of thwarted passion, pagan sacrifice, bad nursing, accident, natural causes or – vampirism? The entire area where this horrific drama took place is shrouded in, according to one writer, “... a mystery which local people only reluctantly tried to penetrate.”
Today, Robin lies forgotten and unmourned in his lonely and desolate sepulchre, for few people know of the grave’s existence or its whereabouts. Why is this so? Should not such a monument be an international place of pilgrimage, and should Yorkshire, not Nottingham, be the centre of the famous folk hero’s legend? These are the mysteries this article attempts to unravel.
In 1983 I was asked to nurse Sir John Armytage, the 8th baronet of Kirklees Hall, in his last illness. I was the Brighouse district nurse at the time. Sir John passed away and the following year I asked Lady Armytage, his widow, if I could visit Robin Hood’s grave. Lady Armytage had inherited the estate while Sir Martin, Sir John’s son by his first wife, moved away. Shortly afterwards Lady Armytage sold the hall (which was turned into luxury flats) but kept the farm and historical sites, and went on to build a new house on the priory ruins.
In the following years I became very interested in the legend of Robin Hood, and after researching the Yorkshire connections I wrote a book called Marian’s Christmas Rose about Maid Marian with reference to Kirklees Priory. I asked Lady Armytage if I could take the book to the Kirklees Annual Garden Party in 1985. In response, Lady A and her “organiser,” Mrs. James, paid an uninvited visit to my home. Mrs. James waved the book around, complaining that it mentioned Kirklees. She stated that it could not be sold at Kirklees because it would interest people in Robin’s grave and no one was allowed to visit it. Lady A remained silent throughout this visit.
In 1985, I formed the Yorkshire Robin Hood Society (YRHS) with a friend, Ruth Harrington. Lady Armytage was invited to become a Patron but declined, saying she was “too busy.” Later, Ruth and I were filmed by the BBC programme Look North, but we had to go to Shibden Park as Lady Armytage would not let us film on site. The following year Ruth and I visited the Nottingham Medieval Market to sell my book, Marian Christmas Rose, which caused a ruckus. We were reported to the Sheriff of Nottingham. In 1987, Ruth and I were filmed by TV for a programme called FAX in Wakefield library because we were again refused permission at Kirklees. This film was never broadcast.
Later in the year we visited London in order to meet John Pope de Locksley of the London Robin Hood Club. Content removed
The following year I was filmed again, with another member, Evelyn Friend, by the BBC for a programme called People. Once more, the Yorkshire Robin Hood Society was not allowed to go to the grave, though the film crew was allowed, provided they kept the location secret. When the film was broadcast, Evelyn and I were furious to find that all our comments about the grave had been edited out, and we were left talking about trivial things – Evelyn’s most memorable line being, “I am Robin Hood in drag.” ...
Continued in PARANOIA: The Conspiracy Reader, Volume 1."Seems like ya got a bit confused again 'Hugo Furst'. Maybe too much Swedish lager again!?