[PW] Searching for a children’s book : Elizabethan flying machine

Mike Goldsmith mikegoldsmith639 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 00:01:50 PDT 2016


Sure, but in this book he was. If it was indeed he who was in this book. I
may be misremembering!
On 22 Sep 2016 07:59, "Wayne Wiens" <waynewiens at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Sir Walter Raleigh was not an inventor.
>
> Best wishes,
> Wayne
>
> > On Sep 21, 2016, at 10:58 PM, Mike Goldsmith <mikegoldsmith639 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > I read this in about 1972, it’s a children’s book about an inventor (who
> > might be Sir Walter Raleigh) who lives on the South Coast of England,
> > people think he’s a witch and send soldiers (on horseback?) to arrest
> him,
> > but he is warned by some children and manages to make a brief flight over
> > the cliffs. The flying machine breaks up in the waves, but the inventor
> > then gets away by boat. To begin with, the inventor tries to make a
> > flapping-wing device, but ends up with a glider, made of wood and
> leather.
> > I think he sets fire to his house before escaping, to keep secret his
> > discovery of how to fly. Written in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
> >
> > Many thanks for any clues!
> >
> > Mike
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