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Monday, 08 June 2020 10:43

The Power of the Crown


It is forty-nine years after the Reformation of the Church of England under the reign of Henry VIII. To be precise it is 1586 and political and religious storm clouds loom heavy over the country.

It is now the Reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 and there are political tensions surrounding the Church of England and Catholicism.  Queen Mary tried in vain to convert England to Catholicism, which is now considered a threat to the Monarchy. An inquisition takes place into the ownership of Dunfield House and due to his Christian belief, the current owner of the house, William Shelly, is accused of committing treason. A spurious charge but one Shelly is helpless to oppose, the inquisitions are brutal mockeries and there is no council.

A fresh dawn rises over the grounds of Dunfield and with the appointment of a new tenant. The law has spoken: Dunfield becomes the property of the government and Queen Elizabeth 1st.

William Shelly was stripped of ownership until his death and it was only after his demise that justice was restored and Jane Lingen, Shelly’s wife, became the rightful owner of the house and the course of Dunfield’s history sets off on a new path.

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