The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0070  Thursday, 13 January 2005

From:           Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 12 Jan 2005 14:36:11 -0800
Subject: 16.0060 References to Shakespeare's London
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0060 References to Shakespeare's London

John Price writes ...

 >I am working with a London Guide to create a
 >Shakespeare themed walk.
 >In this context, I would be most grateful for any suggestions
 >as to interesting texts from plays which refer to identifiable
 >locations or buildings within, or close to, the City of London.

A tremendously valuable, albeit old, reference that also makes
delightful browsing is Edward H. Sugden's massive _A Topographical
Dictionary to the Works of Shakespeare and His Fellow Dramatists_
(Manchester UP, 1925; reprinted G. Olms, 1969; shelfmark PR 2892 .S8 1969).
A typical entry, eg, for East Cheap, cites 1H4 (Poins: "I have bespoke
supper to-morrow night in E.c."; Falstaff: "Farewell; you shall find me
in E.c.) with line numbers, etc., then quotes Famous Victories of H5,
Chapman et al's Eastward Hoe, Jonson's Every Man Out of His Humour,
Dekker's Shoemaker, also Bellman, Thomas Heywood's Prentices, plus
Lydgate's Lickpenny, Deloney's Craft, and the terribly obscure "Wager's
Longer B."  (Eh?  Hidden among the 705 works in his biblio.)

Sugden observes that Stow's Survey noted an incident in 1410 "on the eve
of St. John Baptist, there was a great disturbance, caused by the king's
sons Thomas and John, for which the mayor and aldermen were called to
account.  This may have suggested to Shakespeare the choice of the
Boar's Head as the scene of Prince Hal's revels."  (p. 165)

It's both prewar and premodernization but still a valuable collection of
topographical citations.  Someone should web it as a copy costs some
$315-445 at Abe.

Al Magary

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