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Mother Shipton was a Yorkshire witch who prophesied about future events in the form of poems.

Her prophecies predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime – the invention of iron ships, Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada… and even the end of the world!

On a summer night in 1488, a young girl gave birth to an illegitimate child in a cave in North Yorkshire. This child was to grow into a woman, whose name still carries the mysterious power of prophecy. Why? What was it that made Ursula Sontheil, later the wife of ordinary carpenter, Toby Shipton, so feared and respected, not only in her home town of Knaresborough, but throughout the land and for centuries to come?

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