What is History, but a fable agreed upon.
The sub-title of this piece is a quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte and summed up in the words used by Winston Churchill telling us that the victors, write history. This is probably true when reading the history of the once Knight of the Realm from Ashton under Lyne. Sir Ralphe De Assheton who was murdered 4th April 1486 in Ashton under Lyne by persons unknown.
His death was celebrated by the Ashton under Lyne community for centuries afterwards. As Sir Ralphe was in fact the seemingly infamous Black Knight of Ashton under Lyne and the celebration was originally known as the Riding of the Black Lad; later becoming the Black Knight Pageant. What I want to explore is whether this history is in fact a fable, written by the victors of the Wars of the Roses. This despite the fact that Sir Ralphe was in fact pardoned by King Henry VII.