By Bernard Lewis
The legal instances vividly defined by means of Bernard Lewis during this gripping ebook take the reader on a trip into the darkish mystery aspect of Swansea's lengthy heritage. town has been the surroundings for a chain of terrible, bloody, occasionally weird and wonderful incidents over the centuries. From crimes of brutal premeditation to these born of rage or depression, the total variety of human weak point and wickedness is represented right here. There are stories of mystery ardour and betrayal, theft, homicide and suicide, lethal fever and mutiny, executions, and circumstances of outstanding household cruelty and malice that resulted in dying. The human dramas the writer describes are usually performed out within the so much usual of situations, yet others are so abnormal as to be stranger than fiction. This grisly chronicle of the hidden heritage of Swansea should be compelling examining for an individual who's attracted to the darkish part of human nature.
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He put the letters ‘MD, MRCS, KOMT and CLD’H’ after his name though whether he was entitled to is open to debate. The letters ‘CLD’H’ might be the award of the ‘Knight Order of the Legion of Honour’ — a Serbian title of no medical significance. By October 1838 he had announced his arrival in Swansea by way of an advertisement in the local newspaper — the Cambrian. Headed Qui N‘a Same N’a Rien (‘He that hath health, hath all things’) the advertisement went on to say that Spolasco ‘… the most successful Practitioner of Medicine and Surgery in the World!!!
He got as far as Neath Abbey before being captured nearby by his enemies on 16 November 1326. He had sent certain court documents on ahead and these had reached the castle at Swansea where they were subsequently confiscated and sent back to his captors. However, it soon became apparent that far more than mere documents had been sent forward and the new king, Edward III, was anxious to discover what had become of the other items that should, by right, have devolved to him. The king therefore appointed an inquisition charged with finding out what had gone missing and how.
It would be worth money to see that old gentleman — they say he is nearly eighty — undress himself! Clothes, wig, calves, stays, moustache, teeth, complexion — what a bald, bare, wizened, shriveled old granny he would be! The New York Herald ran the usual advertisements describing the Baron as being ‘… from London, of European fame …’ He was, of course, ‘… performing more important and astounding cures - of every disease …’, outlining one case where Spolasco triumphed where twenty-nine other doctors had failed.