Shakespeare's Pub

Shakespeare's Pub

A Barstool History of London as Seen Through the Windows of Its Oldest Pub--the George Inn

Book - 2013 | 1st U.S. ed
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"The pub, as Pete Brown points out, is the 'primordial cell of British life,' and in the George Inn he has found the perfect case example. All of London's history can be seen through the life of this one pub: murderers, highwaymen, ladies of the night, gossiping peddlers, hard-working clerks, famous authors, a bishop or two, and even members of Britain's royal family. So sit back on your barstool next to the knowledgeable Mr. Brown and let him take you on an entertaining tour through six centuries of London's history"--Dust jacket flap.
Contents: Prologue : Concerning scandal, murder, smuggling, highwaymen, coffee, & C.
In which we make the perilous and eventful journey to the George Inn, Southwark. From my house
Concerning dates, names, Mutya, Heidi & C.
Being some remarks on London's first bridge, and how this bridge gives our story its very shape
On inns, taverns, alehouses, pubs and boozers. But mainly inns, and the distinctive nature thereof
The poet's tale, or, how English literature was born in a Southwark inn
In which we meet the inhabitants of sinful Southwark, and the patrons if its divers inns, taverns and alehouses
Concerning bulls, bears, actors and other beasts, and their various 'entertainments', including the sad tale of a monkey on a horse
Further unsavory activities in inns and alehouses, and how these places were burn'd by almightly God's fury (if you believe in that sort of thing)
Our inn enjoys a golden age of romance, highwaymen, complicated timetables and sore posteriors
Concerning drink, hops and politics, and how the George Inn brings these elements together
In which the road of steel replaces the roads of the Romans, and the inns of the Borough suffer a terrible fate
Concerning a mother and daughter, two brothers, and the condition of nostalgia
In which the George Inn is sav'd for the nation, and a princess and a bishop have a lock-in
Epilogue : a drink at the George Inn to-day
Timeline and dramatis personae
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Branch Call Number: 647.95421 B
Characteristics: 352 p. : ill., map, plans ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781250033888


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Dec 28, 2016

Delightful look at London's "wrong side of the river."


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