The Valet's Tragedy: And Other Studies

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III
THE MYSTERY OF
SIR EDMUND BERRY GODFREY

WHEN London was a pleasanter place than it is to-day, when anglers stretched their legs up Tottenham Hill on their way to fish in the Lee; when 'the best stands on Hackney river' were competed for eagerly by bottom fishers; when a gentleman in St. Martin's Lane, between the hedges, could 'ask the way to Paddington Woods;' when a hare haunted Primrose Hill and was daily pursued by a gallant pack of harriers; enfin, between three and four on the afternoon of October 17, 1678, two common fellows stepped into the White House tavern in the fields north of Marylebone, a house used as a club by a set of Catholic tradesmen. They had been walking in that region, and, as the October afternoon was drawing in, and rain was falling, they sought refuge in the White House. It would appear that they had not the means of assuaging a reasonable thirst, for when they mentioned that they had noticed a gentleman's cane, a scabbard, a belt, and some add a pair of gloves, lying at the edge of a deep dry ditch, overgrown

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • I- The Valet''s Tragedy 1
  • II- The Valet''s Master 29
  • III- The Mystery of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey 55
  • IV- The False Jeanne D''Arc 104
  • V- Junius and Lord Lyttelton''s Ghost 127
  • VI- The Mystery of Amy Robsart 152
  • VII- The Voices of Jeanne D''Arc 193
  • VIII- The Mystery of James de la Cloche 228
  • IX- The Truth about ''Fisher''s Ghost'' 258
  • X- The Mystery of Lord Bateman 274
  • XI- The Queen''s Marie 291
  • XII- The Shakespeare-Bacon Imbroglio 312
  • Index 359
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