This book presents a biography of the poetics and politics of London in 1613, from Whitehall to Guildhall, that is, Shakespeare's London. It examines major events at court, such as the untimely death of Prince Henry and its aftermath, and the extravagant wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Frederick of Germany and her journey to the Continent. The city flourished with scores of publications on a vast array of topics, including poetry, travel narratives, music, and, of course, plays. The book offers summaries and analyses of most of these texts, knowing that some of them may not be well-known to all readers. Many of these publications had a kind of link to the court. In order to understand the context of the year 1613, the book actually begins in October 1612 with Prince Henry's illness and death in November, which had a major impact on what happened in 1613. It proceeds more or less chronologically from this event to Princess Elizabeth's wedding and the stunning array of dramatic performances at court, and includes the journey to her new home in Germany. As part of the year's cultural nexus, the narrative reaches into the Guildhall experience to explore the riches of the books that emanated from London's printers and to examine specifically the drama performed or published in 1613. The final major focus centres on the Carr-Howard wedding at the year's end, full of cultural activities and ripe with political significance.

How rare groove, acid house and jungle remapped the city

This book discusses the emergence in London of three specific dance music multicultures in the context of the racialised city. Focusing on rare groove, acid house and jungle it places the emergence of these multi-racial music cultures in the context of theories of space and the historical forces which racialised the city in the late 20th century. Based on a wide range of original interviews with cultural producers – DJs, promoters, producers and dancers - undertaken over 20 years, read alongside cultural theory and contemporary accounts, it argues that music and the practices of space around music have been a crucial way in which racial segregation has been challenged and multiculture has emerged in London.

Brixton acid and rave

Chapter 3 From Ibiza to London: Brixton acid and rave June 1988. Clink Street We’ve come late, after a shift at the restaurant, but there’s no rush – it doesn’t get started until midnight. We walk under the railway arches – the train line that crosses the Thames north to Cannon Street is above us – and find a blue door. Unlit, unmarked, except for a couple of blokes standing outside. We push it open and hear the music. At the bottom of the staircase are a makeshift desk and a girl taking the money. We pay our fiver and up we go, into the dank heart of the

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Diaspora remixed in the urban jungle

Chapter 4 ‘A London Sum’ting Dis’:1 diaspora remixed in the urban jungle June 1997. Sunday. Metalheadz at the Blue Note, Hoxton Square The club is just one room, a low-ceiling rectangular box, decks at one end, the same level as the dancefloor, and the big Eskimo sound system dominating. It’s like being inside a bass bin. I’ve been to this club before; it used to be the Bass Clef jazz club, where Norman Jay had his Musiquarium night, but it’s changed now – dark-blue walls, stripped down, dank. You can smell the Caribbean food they serve upstairs. It’s packed

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‘Left to the mercy of the world’

This book examines the way in which abandonment to the London Foundling Hospital developed, and how it was used as a strategy by parents and parish officials. It also explores how it was mediated into health and survival outcomes for the infants involved. In considering pathways to health, ill-health and death for foundlings, the book engages with developments in childcare, ideas on childhood, motherhood and medicine, and a multitude of debates on charity, welfare, entitlement and patronage. The first half of the book is concerned primarily with the characteristics of the infants at abandonment, and how this affected their survival prospects. It gives significant insights into how abandonment worked as a poverty alleviation strategy in England, the condition of poor infants at birth and what their risk factors in terms of survivorship were. The second half of the book examines the critical nursing period for all foundlings placed with external nurses between 1741 and 1764. Since an infant's risk of death declines over time, this early experience captured much of their most vulnerable time of life. The hospital's records on nursing are enormously rich and detailed, and one of the benefits of this study is that it enables us to compare the foundlings' experiences of nursing, childcare and health with those of non-foundlings.

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their own Consent, their useless Superfluities; and giving them, in Return, what, from their Ignorance in mutual Arts, their Situation, or some other Accident, they stand in need of. George Lillo, The London merchant , act III, scene I (London: John Gray, 1740), p. 35

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The hub of an English river transport network, 1250–1550

11 London: the hub of an English river transport network, 1250–1550 Claire A. Martin The River Thames was at the heart of the transport infrastructure that kept the capital and its population supplied with both necessities and luxuries. It was vital to the life and commerce of the medieval city.1 Its connection to the sea and the trading networks of the continent brought a variety of commodities into and out of London, while the navigable stretches of the Thames, upstream from the city, enabled vital goods such as grain and wood to be conveyed quickly and

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houses of Hanover and Windsor and their monarchs with direct connections back to Princess Elizabeth and her progeny. The burning of the Globe Theatre in June 1613 caused cultural distress and loss, but even it rose phoenix-like in 1614, to remain a fixture on London’s south bank until the Puritans pulled it down in the 1640s. Its endurance and that of other theatres, including

in Shakespeare’s London 1613
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collaborator John Fletcher. He did not, however, immediately abandon spending time in London. In fact, in March 1613, Shakespeare purchased the Blackfriars gatehouse, the only property that he ever owned in London. In all likelihood, he resided there during parts of 1613, enjoying proximity to the Blackfriars Theatre, which the King’s Men owned, and also easy access across the Thames to the Globe

in Shakespeare’s London 1613
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No court is an island unto itself, nor is a city, even if walled. Rather, each interpenetrates the other. For example, London’s public theatre companies, principally the King’s Men, performed regularly at the Jacobean court, indeed, an impressive number of times in early 1613. In that case, ‘Shakespeare’ remained at court this year. The king’s governing Privy Council

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