A young pretender (1487)
Ten years before Perkin Warbeck’s rebellion, Henry VII had to deal with another pretender to the throne. This was a rather different situation, though. Warbeck, whether he was an impostor or the real thing, was the instigator of his own rebellion. In the earlier case, however, the claimant to the throne was a ten year old boy named Lambert Simnel. He was just a puppet in the affair, selected because his facial features resembled those of the royal family. The brains behind the plot was Simnel’s tutor – a man named Richard Symonds. He tried to pass the young boy off as a nephew of Richard III, who had a stronger claim to the throne that Henry VII himself.
Symonds managed to pull together a sizeable army to support his claim, but they were defeated at the Battle of Stoke Field in June 1487. Henry VII doesn’t seem to have taken this attempt on his throne very seriously, though – Richard Symonds was merely imprisoned, not executed, while the young Lambert Simnel was given a job in the King’s service.
from "Conspiracy History" by Andrew May
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Did the U.S. government fake the 9/11 terror attacks? Was the British establishment behind the death of Diana, Princess of Wales? Conspiracy theories like these may be a modern phenomenon, but the basic idea – that world events are controlled by cynically duplicitous schemers – is as old as history. When the heir to the English throne died in 1120, they said it was an accident – but it was an accident from which certain people benefited a great deal. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, it was in response to blatant Polish aggression... which just happened to be the work of Nazi soldiers dressed in Polish uniforms. As Niccolò Machiavelli said 500 years ago, “the end justifies the means”. History is often dismissed as a dull subject, but it leaps into all-too-contemporary life when seen through the eyes of a Conspiracy Theorist! This fast-paced account tells you everything you need to know about the convenient accidents, false flag operations and hidden agendas that have shaped the course of history.
Preface by Nick Redfern
Chapter 1: A brief introduction to conspiracy theories
Chapter 2: False flag incidents
Chapter 3: They acted alone - or did they?
Chapter 4: Hidden agendas
Chapter 5: Convenient deaths
Chapter 6: Secret identities
Chapter 7: The Illuminati and others
Chapter 8: Rewriting history
Chapter 9: Chronology of Conspiracy
About the Author
Andrew May is a former defence scientist with an MA from Cambridge University and a PhD from Manchester University. His thirty year career spanned academia, the civil service and the defence industry. He has worked on advanced technology research in Farnborough, strategic planning in Whitehall and operational analysis for a large defence company. He is now based in the South-West of England where he works as a freelance writer and consultant.