The Devil Comes to Dartmoor

The Devil Comes to Dartmoor : The Amazing True Story of Mary Howard, Devon's 'Demon Bride'

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Many will have heard of the ghostly white lady haunting Tavistock - the notorious Mary Howard, accused of murdering her four husbands. A few may know the true story of her lover, George Cutteford, a Plymouth 'cutty man' who became a Puritan lawyer. Cutteford was imprisoned in the horror of Lydford Gaol, persecuted by Mary's fourth husband - Sir Richard Grenville, the most notorious and sadistic royalist General of the Civil War. But fewer still will know the secrets George Cutteford died to protect - secrets that would destroy his own family; end Grenville's career in shame; and make a boy with no name the richest landowner in Devon.
Gathered from the varying historical accounts, and including primary material unearthed, hundreds of years ago, in an old fish market in London, comes this haunting true story of love, treachery and revenge in seventeenth-century Devon.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 122 x 196 x 20mm | 158.76g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752461117
  • 9780752461113
  • 692,770

About Laura Quigley

Laura Quigley is a full-time writer who lives in Plymouth. Her interest in Mary Howard's life was sparked after a visit to Okehampton Castle, scene of the legendary Howard haunting. In 2010, Amnesty International held a public reading of her play, "The Advocate," based on the stunning material in this book and directed by a member of the RSC.
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Have just finished this book. Great research! Thoroughly enjoyed reading about all the "goings on" in Devon in the Civil War period. Loads of information I had not read about before. Can thoroughly recommend this fascinating story of Mary Howard and the suffering of women at that more
by Carrie
A great read about a local legend. Researched in depth, it tells the true story of Mary Howard, Who has gone down in folk lore as a evil woman who murdered her husbands. The truth could not be more different. a woman who was ill served by marriage to husbands who were only interested in her wealth. The story recounts the horror of the civil war the injustice of the legal system and the ultimate marriage to a sadistic self serving husband who would stop at nothing to get his hands on her estates. A must read account of a true and dreadful more
by Rob
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