Highways and Byways in Yorkshire

Highways and Byways in Yorkshire

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...were traced to a considerable distance." Such is the tale of the Hand of Glory used on Stainmore--a tale which is remarkable not only as comprising a superstition rarely met with, but also as throwing a flood of light on the conditions of life on these wild uplands, which lay almost beyond the reach of the law, slowfooted as she ever is and infected with the love of ease. Indeed, not only here, but all through the dales and moors of the West Riding, there are told dismal tales of murder, pointing to the days when travellers who carried things of value bore their lives also in their saddlebags, and had to take the risk of losing them like any other article of merchandise. That this was the reputation of Stainmore in very early times may be seen from the records of the sanctuary of St. Cuthbert at Durham, to which I have already referred in proof of the warm-hearted friendliness which existed between that holy man and such dwellers in this part of Yorkshire as were prompted by their feelings to rob and slay. Thus, on 184 VERY ANCIENT SCANDALS CHAP. the ioth October, 1487, Adam Ewbank rang the bell of the sanctuary and claimed protection from the penalty of having slain a man on Stainmoor. It would be easy to multiply such cases. The men of Dent, far away towards the head of Wharfedale, seem to have had an evil aptitude for offences which needed the intervention of the saint. Doubtless they skulked across the moors this way, avoiding trodden paths and settled country till they were in sight of the bounds whence their pursuers could not snatch them. And as I have referred again to this matter of the sanctuary, I may as well mention a curious case which shows how unreservedly the monks sheltered even those criminals whom they must have most...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619013
  • 9781236619013