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Shakespeare's London on 5 Groats a Day

Richard Tames


A witty and authoritative guide to courtiers and cut-throats, playhouses and alehouses in Elizabethan London


Explore London at the close of the 16th century – a city of courtiers, cut-throats, merchants, beggars, lawyers, dramatists, apprentices and adventurers. See the sights from Whitehall to Westminster Abbey, and visit bustling Bankside, noted for its breweries, bear-baiting and brothels. This intriguingly addictive guide, based on the works of Tudor authors and contemporary ephemera, provides an insider’s view of Elizabethan London, Europe’s ‘City of the Future’.


'A light-hearted and novel way to revisit the London of Shakespeare’s day … a lively guide'
Times Literary Supplement

'A skilful combination of light-hearted fun and impressive research, you’ll find yourself entertained and educated at the same time'
Family Tree

'Entertaining, easy and quick … There were quite a few shocking facts that I didn’t know!'
Of Beauty and Nothingness

'Ingenious … good fun!'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 19.8 x 13.0 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Illustrations: 82

Publication date: 22 March 2018

ISBN: 9780500293867

Contents List

Preparing for your Visit • Getting There, Settling In • Londoners • The Inner Man – and Woman • Law and Order • Meet Famous Elizabethans • Shopping • Celebrations • Entertainment • Must-See Sights • Away Days

About the Author

Richard Tames lectures on history at Syracuse University London and is a Blue Badge guide. His twenty books on British history include England’s Forgotten Past.