Ghost Encounters Destiny & Desire asks if life boils down to one essential problem: is it good to get what you want? Some people surf life’s ups and downs and accept their destiny, regardless; others tweak, bend, duck from and deflect fate’s incoming. Some go in search of the Holy Grail to make their world a better place.
‘Hampton Court Palace’, in London, once was Cardinal Wolsey’s country seat until big King Henry VIII saw how many beds and state-of-the-art privvies. He made it his own home, and ordered the death of at least one of his wives while here. So who is the ghost in the notorious “Haunted Gallery”?
‘The Ballad of Lady Bankes’. Corfe Castle in Dorset was once bad King John’s favourite dungeon and treasure house. The home of the damned it seemed ever after, until it was destroyed during the Civil War. Its last owner and defender was lady Mary Bankes. She saw off a siege, no problem. Until treachery undid her. Discover which of the damned haunt this eerie castle.
‘Winchester Cathedral’. Home of the Saxon monarchy; burial place of Saint Swithun, the cathedral is thought to stand on an old pagan shrine to the goddess of the forests, Diana. Like most venerable British buildings it was home to some old ghosts.
‘King Arthur’s Castles’. Tintagel, Dunster, Camelot and Okehampton; any of which could have been favoured by the ancient King of the Britons. All of them were haunted, and Arthur was among them. No, not that Arthur.
‘Canterbury Cathedral’. Seat of the primate of the Church of England, each archbishop has taken his – but not yet her – seat on the old stone throne of Saint Augustine. The tension between head of state and head of church has not always been easy-going; sometimes heads roll. It happened to miraculous saint Thomas Becket. So who haunts the ‘Martyrdom’?
‘The White Tower & Jewel House Mysteries’. Two mysteries investigated and solved in the famous Tower of London. The ghost of the White Tower and the fire-starter ghost of the Crown Jewels.
‘Jamaica Inn’. The world’s most famous hostelry, at the heart of Bodmin moor and Arthurian Legend. An investigation of the haunting in room 4: Harry the Pedlar’s room.
‘Linea Bifurcata’. Melkin the venerable Celtic prophet, who predated Merlin, left a clue as to the whereabouts of the Holy Grail. Many claim the fabled forked line of St Joseph is somewhere in Glastonbury Abbey. Margo sought answers to the location among the abbey’s ghosts.
‘Sacrifice & Saint Michael’. An old tower stands atop Glastonbury Tor, all that remains of the church of St. Michael. Mysteriously the church was swallowed inside the hill. Some pilgrims still claim to hear ghostly screaming from the tower environs and wonder to which part of the Grail story that sound belongs.
‘Ghosts of the Grail‘. The Chalice Well in Glastonbury is famous, not least because it is red. But a spring rises beside it, white and pure. Many believe the red spring, is the fabled “Blood Spring” that changed when its water touched the Holy Grail that contained the blood of Jesus. Two ghosts waited there, with tales of their own quest’s dead end.
‘Summer Solstice’. Avebury henge and Stonehenge remain as awesome as they are enigmatic, who built them; why and what happened to those who had the knowledge to do so; and what happened to them? So many questions, too few answers though some mysteries were explained by the ghosts found haunting these megalithic sites.