2001

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1381  Wednesday, 6 June 2001

From:           Frank Whigham <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 05 Jun 2001 10:48:40 -0500
Subject:        Scavenging Pigs and Trash

A novel I'm reading says that Elizabethan London's streets were offal
during the night by herds of pigs that were driven through the city to
consume unwanted waste. This statement raised two questions for me:

(1) Is it true? If so, what's a good historical source to read about it?

(2) More largely, what, for Elizabethans, was trash? What did they throw
away? (Besides the edible contents of chamberpots and kitchen waste.)

Frank Whigham

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