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Great Staughton and its people by Anthony Withers, Chapter 16

2000 Years of English History.

This book is about the remarkable people from this modest Huntingdonshire village who, over the past two millennia of England’s history, exercised power and influence both locally and on the national stage. The book gives a detailed biography of each of these characters, setting their lives in the wider context of English history from the time of the Romans to the present day.

An introduction to Chapter 16: ‘Our ideal possession of the Peruvian treasures’

This is the time of year when thoughts turn to next summer’s holidays and one popular destination is Latin America so Chapter 16 is very appropriate. Richard Walter’s account of his adventures on his round the world voyage with Captain Anson could prove an enticing inducement to savour the charms of this continent. Hopefully modern-day tourist will not have to suffer the indignities of the sailors on Anson’s expedition: violent tempests, cholera, scurvy, shipwreck, mutiny, to name a few of the hazards they encountered. There was relief in the shape of tropical islands blessed with exotic fruits and unusual flora and fauna, and the expectation of vast treasure from Spanish galleons.

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COMING IN JANUARY: Chapter 17: The Handasyds, father and son

We are taking a short break over the Christmas period but the serialisation of the book of Staughton will resume on Monday January 9 2023.

A Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all readers.

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Admiral of the Fleet George Anson, 1st Baron Anson.

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