Antique Victorian Carved Mother Shipton Memorabilia Souvenir Lucky Charm
FREE UK & WORLDWIDE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS
A Rare And Fascinating Antique Victorian Carved Bovine Figure Of Mother Shipton From Knaresborough. These Would Have Been Sold As A Good Luck Charm To Visitors Who Came To See Her Cave Home And The Petrified Objects. Mother Shipton Was An Important Prophet Of Her Day!
Mother Shipton (or Ursula Southeil) was born in c. 1488, in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England. She died in 1561 (aged 72–73).
She has sometimes been described as a witch and is associated with folklore involving the origin of the Rollright Stones of Oxfordshire, reportedly a king and his men transformed to stone after failing her test. William Camden reported an account of this in a rhyming version in 1610.
The first known edition of her prophecies was printed in 1641, eighty years after her reported death. This timing suggests that what was published was a legendary or mythical account. It contained numerous mainly regional predictions and only two prophetic verses.
One of the most notable editions of her prophecies was published in 1684. It gave her birthplace as Knaresborough, Yorkshire, in a cave now known as Mother Shipton’s Cave. The book reputed Shipton to be hideously ugly, and that she had married Toby Shipton, a local carpenter, near York in 1512, and told fortunes and made predictions throughout her life.
Condition is good, commensurate with age. Structurally sound.
Measures 10cm x 3cm
Weighs 50.43 grams