Keeper of the castle exposed?

As enduring myths go, that of Lady Mary Bankes – and her valiant defence of Corfe Castle during the Civil War – has proved remarkably resilient. Every bit as dramatic as the ruins of her former home, the popular story is one of aristocratic bravery, proof positive that stiff upper lips were never the sole Read More…

John Rede: Poole governor, English radical

Some 400 years after his birth, John Rede the English radical, Baptist leader and governor of Poole from 1647 to 1651, is to be afforded a proper place in history when he is included in the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to be published this autumn. ‘It’s not that Rede has Read More…