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By Stephen Porter

Tudor London was once a colourful capital urban, the very hub of English cultural and political existence. The thriving city had a powerful royal presence, on the lengthy proven Tower of London and Westminster, and later on the palaces of Whitehall, Bridewell and St James’s, equipped via Henry VIII to host his glittering court docket. Anne Boleyn was once assigned a home within the Strand, with gardens operating right down to the river, whereas Elizabeth I stayed sometimes at Somerset House.

The nice and the nice gravitated to the town too: Erasmus lodged with Sir Thomas extra and his relations in Bucklesbury, off Cheapside; Sir Walter Raleigh wrote poetry in his learn in Durham condo, overlooking the Thames and William Shakespeare lodged in Silver road. Like this present day, streets and components grew up with their very own special character: Bankside and Shoreditch have been the 1st theatre and leisure districts the place the Globe Theatre was once equipped to sit down along the bear-baiting earrings. Londoners themselves, and the numerous immigrants who flocked from the continent, created a full of life, raucous society within the streets, markets and the loads of motels and ale-houses.

Everyday existence in Tudor London vividly recreates this vibrant city.

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