Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Saturday, 13 December 2014
A friend of mine's son was wading around in a stream in the Peak District when he found this - what he thought to be a dog's skull - and he brought it home with him.
Research showed it to be a Wolf's skull.
Further research still showed it to be a medieval Wolf's skull, because Wolves - apparently - died out there in the 15th century.
I know the last British Wolf to be shot in Britain was killed in Scotland somewhere around the mid-nineteenth century, but I don't think that this one wandered down as far as Derbyshire, though they can wander quite far on a cold, snowy night. Usually, around a hundred mile round-trip in deep snow is their maximum when really hungry.
It is now in my custody, and that involves doing further research still, so I can sell it at best price in order to help finance my friend's son's passage through university.
If it is - as everything indicates - a remarkably well preserved Wolf's skull dating from late 1400s England, then this is a rare thing indeed.
I am looking forward to getting to know it over the next month or two.