Turning facts into legend
Myths and Legends
A traditional story about heroes or supernatural beings, often attempting to explain the origins of natural phenomena or aspects of human behaviour
A story that has been passed down for generations, especially one that is presented as history but is unlikely to be true
So is my story of “The Zeppelin of Kinver Edge” a myth or a legend – or an approximation of the truth. We hear a lot these days about “Fake Stories” – but how much of what we read as history is in fact true?
Henry Ford once said “History is more or less bunk.” (Bunk or bunkum meaning nonsense). Isn’t it the case that history is written from the viewpoint of the writer which may well be biased in a certain direction? Is historical “truth” an objective that can never be realised? Is the Bible or the Koran “true”?
When I wrote “The Zeppelin of Kinver Edge”, I based it on a small historical snippet that I heard mentioned when I moved into the village about ten years ago.
“They say a zeppelin airship landed on Kinver Edge during the Great War – World War I.”
That morsel intrigued me. So I did a bit of research and discovered that the West Midlands of England suffered airship bombing raids in 1916 – and one airship hit engine trouble. Then I asked myself the mouth-watering question all writers should ask all the time when dreaming up a story.
That question led me to consider the plight of young Harry Foley and ask “What if, early one morning in 1916, he looked up towards Kinver Edge and there it was – a Zeppelin airship?” So Harry followed his curiosity and the rest – as they say – is history! Or legend? Or myth? Or bunkum?
Anyway – it’s a great little read – with pictures! .
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