Peter Simple; and, The Three Cutters, Vol. 1-2
pubOne.info thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. Without yielding implicit credence to the handsome pedigree of the Marryats supplied by Mrs Lean, the novelist's daughter, we may give a glance in passing to the first-fruits of this family tree. They - naturally - came over with the Conqueror, and emerged from obscurity under Stephen as the proud possessors of much lands at the village of Meryat, Ashton Meryat, and elsewhere in Somersetshire ... One Nicotas de Maryet is deputed to collect the ransom of Richard Coeur de Leon through the county of Somerset ... In the reign of Edward I., Sir John de Maryet is called to attend the Great Parliament, in that of Edward II., his son is excommunicated for embowelling his deceased wife, 'a fancy,' says the county historian, 'peculiar to the knightly family of Meryat.' Mrs Lean quotes records of other Meryat hearts to which an honourable burial has been accorded. The house of Meryat finally lost its property on the fall of Lady Jane Grey, to whom it had descended through the female line.
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