When the monarch is near death, a ghost with antlers arrives in Windsor Great Park.
According to a horrifying tradition, WINDSOR Great Park is haunted by a ghost that rides a horse and has antlers sprouting out of his head.
Herne the Hunter is mentioned for the first time in William Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor in 1597. Cattle are reported to be tormented by the spirit, which rattles his chains. It’s unclear how much of a “genuine” local legend Shakespeare used into his writing.
The Herne the Hunter’s origins are yet unknown.
According to one theory, Herne was one of the keepers of the ancient Windsor Forest during King Richard II’s reign, which lasted from 1377 until 1399.
A strange man claimed to treat Herne using unconventional medical techniques.
The antlers of the now-dead stag were removed and attached on Herne’s head.
Herne was eventually brought back to health and given permission to have the antlers removed from his head.
At Windsor Castle, the king rewarded him for his bravery.
However, this did not sit well with some of Herne’s fellow hunters, who began to disseminate rumors that he supported the practice of black magic.
The King ordered the rumors to stop, but when deer skins were discovered in Herne’s lodgings, the huntsmen were able to accuse him for poaching.
Herne was fired by the misled King, and saddened by what had happened, Herne committed himself the next day.
Following a lack of results throughout hunts, the huntsmen eventually confessed their nefarious intention to the King.
During a stroll around the park, the King noticed a horned figure after a massive bolt of lightning struck an oak tree – the same one where Herne had died.
The spirit warned the King that until the disloyal huntsmen were punished, there would be no deer in the woods.
The huntsmen were hanged on the same oak tree the next day, resulting in an influx of deer into the park.
Herne is said to ride around the woodland on a “fiery black steed” once a year, according to legend.
A horned owl with piercing crimson eyes perches on his shoulder.
Another notion is that he arrives when the monarch is ill or on the verge of death, or when the country is in peril.
“The ghost of Herne has been sighted before the deaths of various British monarchs, and his.”Brinkwire Summary News”, according to the Patheos website.