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Dear *****. I could do with more advice; can I make a conversion claim in the small claims court online? Please forgive me sending you what I have knocked out for my claim just so you know what Im trying to do. I'm 73 and cant afford to start lawyers and barristers on this.1. I am Rene Brooke Fulke Greville of 7 Clere Close, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0RB and I seek an Order from the Court for the return of consecrated religious relics unlawfully taken from Sir Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke’s monument in the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, in 1972, and currently in the possession of Merlin Entertainments Ltd. of Link House,***** Poole, Dorset, BH15 1LD, who claim ownership of the Sword and relics “by purchase” from Madame Tussauds and who have refused to return them to St Mary’s Church.2. The relics include a Ceremonial Rosicrucian Sword (see Exhibit RBG1), two other swords, a dagger, a tournament shield, two tournament helmets, and a pair of spurs, all of which lay on the sarcophagus of Lord Brooke’s monument in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church, Warwick for four hundred years (see Exhibit RBG2), and a White Banner, which hung in the Chapter House.3. In 1618, Sir Fulke Greville, later Lord Brooke, made an agreement with St Mary’s Church, Warwick, that he would take over the small Chapter House of the Church and build a monument there. On his death in 1628, the Sword and the other relics were laid on the sarcophagus of his Monument and consecrated there.4. The relics formed part of the funerary monument and therefore belonged to the heirs at law of the persons in whose memory the monument was erected; s.66 (5)(b) of the Faculty Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018.5. An 18th century engraving of the Monument shows the Sword and helmets lying on the sarcophagus (Exhibit RBG2) and in 1815, the historian William Field described Greville’s monument as decorated with three swords, a dagger, a tournament helmet, spurs, a shield, banners, and pennons (An historical and descriptive account of the town and castle of Warwick, 1815). In 1905 Thomas Kemp in his History of Warwick and its people (1905), described the monument and relics and “a white banner which was hung against the walls of the building”.6. In 1901, workmen employed by Francis Greville, 5th Earl of Warwick, opened the sarcophagus of the Monument and removed the contents (which are unknown). The opening of the sarcophagus and the removal of its contents was carried out without a faculty from the Chancellor of the Diocese of Coventry and was therefore unlawful.7. The Earl, not wishing to carry out pressing repairs to the Chapter House then gave up all rights to the Chapter House and its relics for himself and his heirs. A brass plaque on the wall of the Chapter House records the surrender of the Earl and his heirs to any rights to the Chapter House, the Monument, the Sword and the other consecrated relics.8. Upon the surrender of his rights and his heirs rights in the Chapter House by the 5th Earl of Warwick, the male heirs of the Honourable Algernon Greville, younger son of Fulke Greville, 5th Baron Brooke, have been the Legal Guardians of the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church, Warwick, and the owners (with Her Majesty, the Queen, by virtue of her descent from Fulke Greville, 5th Lord Brooke and as Supreme Head of the Church of England), of Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke’s Rosicrucian Sword and the other consecrated relics unlawfully taken from his monument in 1972.I and my three brothers and my grandson, are now the legal Guardians of the Chapter House and the legal owners, with Her Majesty the Queen, of Lord Brooke’s Rosicrucian Sword and relics taken from the Monument in 1972.9. In 1963, Fulke Greville’s Sword and other relics were examined in situ by expert armourers at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Sword was photographed (RBG1), and the V & A identified Lord Brooke’s Rosicrucian Sword as “an early 17th century robe sword”.10. In 1972, the relics were loaned to David Greville, Lord Brooke, later 8th Earl of Warwick, for an exhibition of armour at Warwick Castle. No faculty from the Chancellor of the Diocese of Coventry was applied for or granted and the loan was therefore unlawful. Lord Brooke then refused to return them to the Church.11. In 1978, Lord Brooke sold Warwick Castle and purported to sell the Sword and the other consecrated relics to Madame Tussauds. No faculty was applied for or granted by the Chancellor of the Diocese of Coventry, and thus the purported sale was unlawful and Madame Tussauds acquired no title to the Sword and the other relics.12. In 2007 The Tussauds Group sold Warwick Castle and purported to sell the Sword and relics to Merlin Entertainments Ltd. No faculty was applied for or granted for the sale of the relics and thus the sale was unlawful and Merlin Entertainments Ltd acquired no title to them.13. In 2009, I was appointed as “Curator” of Fulke Greville