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A true Relation of of a Monstrous Serpent which hath divers times been seen at a Parish called Henham-on-the-Mount within four miles of Saffron Walden.

Showing the length, proportion, and bigness of the Serpent, the place where it commonly lurks and what means hath been used to kill it.

Also a discourse of other Serpents and particularly of a Cockatrice killed at Saffron Walden.

This is a facsimile of a pamphlet originally printed in England in 1669, describing the appearance of a winged serpent not far from the town of Saffron Walden, 45 miles north of London, and how the locals reacted to it. It's a wonderful, vivid, strange, and very real piece of historical ephemera.

The seventeenth century's attitude to fantastical and mythological creatures was very matter-of-fact. The pamphlet doesn't question the reality of flying serpents, there's no doubt that these beings are actual, they really exist, and they may appear in the next village. The language is wonderful, the typesetting beautiful, the paper aged and stained. 'The Flying Serpent' has the ache of history on every page.

Also included is a preface written by Robert Miller Christie in the late nineteenth century, in which he describes other appearances by mythic snake-like beings around the UK in the 1600s and before, wonders about the true nature of the flying serpent, and speculates on who may have written the pamphlet.

'The Flying Serpent' is a fantastic, fascinating document that makes an amazing RPG prop for a fantasy or modern horror game, an inspiration for a unique adventure, or simply background for a game-world. You and your players have never seen anything like it.

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William W. [Featured Reviewer]
March 8th, 2012
An excellent prop for a horror or urban fantasy RPG, this is a 12 page document on the appearance of a flying serpent. The pages are yellowed and creased with age, and the entire document looks very authentic. I'd love to see more ready-made props like [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on October 13, 2010.