Little Jack Horner, Paper Quilt, (Paper, Ink & Thread) 10" x 12" (Mahogany Brown Wood Frame Measures 12" x 14") by Julie Mcintyre

Little Jack Horner, Paper Quilt, (Paper, Ink & Thread) 10" x 12" (Mahogany Brown Wood Frame Measures 12" x 14")

From The Bedtime Stories Series:  Little Jack Horner was reputed to have been the Steward to the Bishop of Glastonbury, Richard Whiting (1461-1539).  As Steward, Horner was responsible for managing the household, collecting taxes and keeping accounts for the largest and wealthiest Abbey in England with extensive lands and manors in the county of Somerset. Between 1536 and 1540, after breaking away from the Catholic Church, King Henry VIII and his chief minister Thomas Cromwell set about the systematic Dissolution of all of the Monasteries in England for their land and wealth. By 1539, Glastonbury was the only religious house left in Somerset and the Bishop believed it was only a matter of time before the Abbey was also seized.


It is rumoured that the Bishop sent his Steward with a Christmas gift of twelve title deeds to various English manorial estates to bribe the King.  The deeds were said to have been secreted in a pie (valuables were often hidden in this bizarre fashion to thwart thieves). Jack Horner realised that the bribe would do no good and was said to have stolen the deeds to the manor of Mells (it being the real ‘plum’ of the twelve manors). The remaining eleven manors were given to the crown but to no avail. The Bishop Whiting was tried by a jury whic

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