It has all the ingredients of a fantastic Hollywood blockbuster - gold smuggler, spy master and lover of a King! But this a true story - which makes it even more surprising that most of us have never heard of Jane Whorwood, surely one of the most amazing women to emerge during the British Civil Wars. Now the National Civil War Centre plan to change that with fascinating and colourful family events on 13 and 20 February.
Donning her 17th century costume, re-enactor Claire Finn will take on the character of Jane to recount some of her exploits.
Even though danger lurked around every corner, she will explain how she plotted to free the King from captivity in Oxford and the Isle of Wight, smuggled a huge horde of gold to help finance the Royalist cause and risked her life to convey secret messages to spies and sympathisers. She also fell in love with the ill-fated King!
Carol King, Learning and Participation Manager at the National Civil War Centre:
“The British Civil Wars produced lots of incredible stories, but the life of Jane Whorwood ranks amongst the most amazing. Devoted to Charles, they exchanged coded letters and breaking the cypher has allowed historians to build a picture of her life in the shadows.”
Performances take place between 11am and 3.30pm in the Tudor Hall and are suitable for all ages. Normal admission applies: £7 adults, £6 concessions and £3 children. A season ticket is just £11 and English Heritage members are admitted at half price.