The two butterflies shown are: on the left the female Mazarino Blue (Cyanaris semiagus): Right:
the female Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus). The illustration of Raleigh’s house in Islington is taken from an old print.
Stukely’s smug satisfaction
about doing a bad job well is short-lived. The rumour spreads like wildfire that the King has paid him the enormous sum of
£500 for his part in tricking Raleigh. The English public are outraged. Raleigh the soldier, courtier and revered sea
dog has always been a national hero. Now he’s been betrayed for pieces of silver. No wonder Stukely now smarts under
the nickname of ‘Judas’. The family’s name will be tarnished for generations, too. Also, his coin dipping
crime will be uncovered next year and his fortune confiscated.
Stukely is not the only big time currency crook named on the Tapestry.
Sir John Bingley of Chester, shown below Scene 4, is another. He is one of the foremost figures in the Virginia Council and
this year has been made Lord High Treasurer. But, £215,000 is missing from the nation’s coffers and he and the
Earl of Suffolk are suspected of embezzling it. Next year, after a trial they’ll be found guilty, sent to the Tower
for 10 days and have to repay the embezzlement plus pay fines of £30,000 each. That’s millions in today’s
has broken the promise he made to the King that he would not fight the Spanish in Guiana, so James, to appease the Spanish,
has him brought to trial again. It is an old, tired and sick man that now faces the judges in Old Palace Yard. Those judges
are, left to right, Sir Henry Montagu, Lord Chancellor Francis Bacon and Privy Councillor Sir Edmund Coke. It’s simple.
The stay of execution from his previous trial is cancelled, he is sentenced to be beheaded and, to avoid public outcry, it
will be carried out the next day, October 28.
Raleigh spends his last hours in the gatehouse of the Westminster Monastry and the
following morning mounts the scaffold in Old Palace Yard. He is watched by the two Sheriffs of London, and given the last
rites by Dr Robert Townson, Dean of Westminster. CHOP. It is the end of England’s greatest Virginia colony