Joy Hancox

The Hidden Chapter

By Joy Hancox

The Hidden Chapter

An Investigation into the Custody of Lost Knowledge
Hardcover: ……………………… 288 pages
Publisher: ……………………… Byrom Projects
Publication date: ……………………… Mar 2011
ISBN-13: ……………………… 978-0956639400

Cover Cost: £25.00

The Hidden Chapter is the climax of over twenty years of research into a collection of geometrical and mathematical drawings that had once been in the possession of John Byrom, an eighteenth century poet and secret Jacobite whose biography Joy Hancox was writing. With Byroms death in 1763 the drawings had been put to one side and their significance was overlooked. When Joy Hancox set out to discover the meaning and purpose of 516 pieces of paper and card as a resource, there were only a few scholars with any understanding to enlighten her and even these offered different interpretations. So she embarked on a remarkable journey that completely changed her life.
In the process Hancox came to believe that some forty of the drawings were concerned with the design concept of the Elizabethan playhouses, and traced the connection between the drawings and the site of the first brass works in the kingdom at Tintern, Monmouthshire.