Short read: Treachery and spectacle!
Long read: A description that could be applied to Shakespeare’s plays or the life of his patron – Queen Elizabeth I. Our knowledge of day to day existence in Elizabethan England is sporadic but it is rich in detail in two areas – theatre and royalty. On this tour we learn all about the upstart playwright’s time in Clerkenwell, now a chic London neighbourhood but then ‘a haunt of thieves and whores’. Included is a stop at the site of a theatre where his plays were performed and a pub he would have frequented. We also find out how dangerous life was for Good Queen Bess and inspect three outstanding historical buildings that she visited. Join us to discover the parishes, plays and murderous plots of Elizabethan Clerkenwell.
ELIZABETHAN CLERKENWELL – THE PRACTICALS
The Elizabethan Clerkenwell walk takes place at 10.45 am on Sunday, November 3. Meet Philip just outside the exit of Angel Tube.