Legend has it that three silver crowns were buried somewhere along the East Anglian coast in Anglo-Saxon times to ward off invasion. These three crowns can still be seen on coats of arms around Norfolk and Suffolk. In the 1600s, a silver crown was supposed to have been dug up not far from the coast but its finders, more interested in silver than in priceless historical artifacts, promptly melted in down. A second crown is said to have been lost to the sea due to erosion.
M.R. James uses this legend as the basis for “A Warning to the Curious,” written …read more