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A Cornish Almanack

When Cornwall Shook the World

This volume comprises a day-to-day calendar for a Cornish year but extending over more than 800 years.

It records major events or the birth or death of someone who made an impact in Cornwall or elsewhere.

A Cornish Almanack recounts financial and sexual scandals, political intrigue as well as the births and deaths of artists, scientists and politicians who had close connections to Cornwall.

There is one event, birth or death for every day of the Cornish year.

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Over the last few generations, millions of visitors to Cornwall have come to love the beaches, fishing ports and the pretty fishing coves.  They relish the atmospheric cliffs, rivers, moorlands and downs and notice the engine houses from a long vanished industry.  Tales of smuggling and shipwrecks add to the romance of the county when sitting in historic public houses and coaching inns.  Visits are further  enhanced through visits to pretty villages of quaint thatched cottages, historic mansions and beautiful, syub-tropical gardens, the art galleries and picturesque towns and the beautiful city of  Truro. 

The county’s reputation is also, of course, increased due to writings of the world famous Daphne du Maurier and Winston Graham and the works of the Newlyn School of Art and the St. Ives Group of painters and sculptors and the reputation of Sir Humphry Davy.

There has, though, always been much more to Cornwall than this and opening windows on the county to celebrate all of this but also to reveal its hidden and forgotten history is the purpose of this book.

The county has seen violent uprisings due to religious rebellions and significant battles in the English Civil War, political intrigues, corrupt Parliamentary elections as well as financial scandals.  All have had significant and lasting consequences for Britain and much of the world.

Although religious belief is now in decline as in the rest of the country, within two centuries the population of the County of Cornwall moved from being devout Catholic believers to becoming the largest collection of Methodist congregations in the entire country and heavily influenced nonconformism across the entire country.  At its peak there were at least seven hundred nonconformist chapels in the county, far outnumbering the number of Anglican Churches.