When archers fired at monks

May 04 2020

Author Mike Dean

Author Mike Dean

A KEYNSHAM author has revealed fascinating facts about Somerset’s colourful past in a new book.
Entitled The Little History of Somerset, the book by Mike Dean has been published by The History Press.
It is described as “a brief but brilliant tour through Somerset's unique history … that can be dipped into or read from cover to cover.
“Jam-packed with fun facts and historical snippets, the book is both full of little-known information for locals, and a good introduction for history-loving visitors.
“Revolution, wassailing, Templars and alchemists – all can be found in this friendly guide to Somerset’s colourful history.”
Mike, a retired primary school teacher, said: “The book is meant to be an accessible general history of Somerset, with lots of interesting (and perhaps not so well-known) facts about this lovely county.”
These unusual facts include:
l After the battle of Sedgemoor in 1685, a prisoner escaped thanks to his athletic ability
l A Norman abbot of Glastonbury employed archers to shoot disobedient monks
l During the outbreak of the Black Death (1348-9), four successive vicars were appointed at Worle
Mike, who is also a registered Blue Badge Tourist Guide for the area, added: “The book contains many more snippets like these, which hopefully will whet readers' appetites to discover more - the book contains a useful bibliography as well as an index. There are also a number of illustrations.
“Each chapter deals with a different period in Somerset's history, in chronological order, so the book can be read as a whole or dipped into, as desired.”
This is the second of Mike’s books to be published by The History Press, based in Stroud. The first was The Little Book of Bath, published in 2017.
The Somerset book, published in hardback, retails at £12 and is already stocked by some local bookshops.
For more information, visit www.thehistorypress.co.uk