Mr Zom B. Horde

Raised in a well-to-do estate in Oxford in the eighteenth century, Xavier Cornell led an affluent and content life. He wanted for nothing: his father’s peerage and land ownership meant financial comfort and a large inheritance were inevitable.

Hardly the foundations for the life of an equal rights activist, you may say.

But Xavier’s luck turned in 1746 when, in the War of Jenkin’s Ear, he was part of a ground assault force that was thwarted by the Spanish defences.

By a turn of good fortune, his body was returned to the family estate in Oxford and buried alongside several generations of ancestors. None of these had ever shown any inclination of returning to life so it is unknown how or why 150 years later, Xavier emerged from his grave a new (and politically motivated) man.


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