By Geoffrey Howse
London's West finish is linked to type and glamour yet for hundreds of years it has had a miles darker aspect. Geoffrey Howse has exposed an striking catalogue of sinister deeds, a few of them recognized yet others lengthy forgotten. examine spying, treason, embezzlement, regicide, theft, forgery, non secular persecution, suicide, homicide and mutilation; and 'witness' horrendous punishments equivalent to drawing, placing, disemboweling, quartering, castration, beheading and burning. past situations contain the execution of Scottish patriots (1305/6) and 3 priests who dared to question the supremacy of Henry VIII in 1535. Such occasions attracted nice public awareness, as did the intense execution of Charles I in 1649 and, in 1820, the placing and mutilation of the Cato highway Conspiritors. The foul homicide of the recognized actor William Terriss, by means of a madman, in 1897, is featured as are numerous awesome situations from the 20 th century together with the bad wartime murders of Gordon Cummins, the unusual disappearances of the socialist MP Victor Grayson and Lord Lucan, the Charing go Trunk homicide in addition to the mysterious demise of boxer Freddie turbines.
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He asked. "Or was it murder? Duket, " he continued, not waiting for an answer, "Duket was a goldsmith and vintner. A man of good family and influential friends. He was also a loyal subject of the King and supported His Highness during the recent troubles. " He stopped and looked at Corbett, who knew too well what the "recent troubles" were. In 1258 almost thirty years ago, civil war had broken out between Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, and Henry III, the present King's father. Indeed, the Lord Edward had first joined the rebels against his father before seeing the wisdom of fighting for a cause which threatened his own future livelihood, namely the crown of England.
Hugh grinned at the fat, generous face. He had always liked de Guisars, who made little attempt to hide his acquisitiveness. "No, Master Goldsmith, " he replied. "I have come to check your stewardship and draw monies from you. " The goldsmith's disappointment was almost laughable. He regarded Corbett as a good customer who always deposited money and rarely drew on his stock. A mysterious man really, the goldsmith thought, looking at the clerk's dark, gaunt face and hooded eyes. The clerk was quite wealthy but lived sparsely in some garret in Thames Street.
It was already dark. The last desperate tradesmen, eel-sellers and water carriers, were trying to squeeze as much trade as possible out of the day. The streets were emptying. Children pulled indoors, apprentices putting up the boards and setting out the horn lanterns, as ordered by the City Fathers to give some poor light to the streets at night. Corbett felt a gloom over the city and recalled Burnell's words about old quarrels festering like pus in the streets and alleyways of the city. He bought a penny loaf from a baker's last batch and snatched mouthfuls of it as he walked up Fish Street, picking his way around the puddles and heaps of rubbish, trying to block out the rank smell from the fish stalls.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in London's West End by Geoffrey Howse