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History in the News

IS THIS THE BAG THAT HELD WALTER RALEIGH’S HEAD?

The explorer’s wife was reputed to have carried his severed head around for years

After Sir Walter Raleigh was executed in 1618, the legend goes that his wife kept his embalmed head in a bag until her own demise 29 years later. Now a red bag of silk and velvet dating to the 17th century has turned up in the Surrey manor house in which she lived until her death. Could it be the same one?

Walter Raleigh was a favourite of Elizabeth I
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