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Tudor London was a vibrant capital city, the very hub of English cultural and political life. The thriving metropolis had a strong royal presence, at the long established Tower of London and Westminster, and later at the palaces of Whitehall, Bridewell, and St James’s. Anne Boleyn was assigned a house in the Strand, while Elizabeth I stayed occasionally at Somerset House. Erasmus lodged with Sir Thomas More and his family in Bucklesbury, off Cheapside; Sir Walter Raleigh wrote poetry in his study in Durham House, overlooking the Thames; and William Shakespeare lodged in Silver Street. Like today, streets and areas grew up with their own distinct personality: Seven Dials was a notorious hive of criminals, while Bankside and Shoreditch were the first theater and entertainment districts, where the Globe Theatre was built to sit alongside and bear-baiting rings.
Number of Pages: 256
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: Stephen Porter
Street Date: May 1, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-8271
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