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ENGLAND
Samuel Pepys
Elizabeth I
London's Underworld
Fleet Marriages.
The Cries of London
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A choirboy from Worcester Cathedral was sent to London to audition for Mr Handel who was well known as a good judge of voice. The Boy sang. "Is this how you praise God in Worcester"?, Handel asked. "Yes Mr Handel", replied the boy. "God is Good", Handel replied, "and no doubt he will hear your praises in Worcester, but no man will hear them in London

-- George Frederik Handel



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The Queen's Physik I
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The publication, for profit, of intimate details of the British Royal Family by their former servants is at least 350 years old. What may be the first example of this exploitation of "insider knowledge," was published in 1658 by a former servant of Henrietta Maria, Queen Consort to Charles I. The book details the "Receipts" recipes for medicinal cures and favourite foods of the Royal Family contained in the Queen's Closet. Some of the medicinal recipes are quackery indeed, and all the more interesting for that. Our first instalment consists of the author's justification for his act of betrayal. Those who are familiar with the rash of publications that followed the death of Diana, former Princess of Wales, will surely recognise some of the self-serving notions indulged in by our author.



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THE HISTORY OF GOG AND MAGOG Chapter 17
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Every November the new Lord Mayor of London holds his Show - a colourful procession of the City Guilds and dignitaries through the streets of the City. At the head of the procession are two enormous effigies of giants. These are Gog and Magog, the traditional guardians of the City of London and they have been carried in the Lord Mayor's Show since the reign of Henry V. Their origins lie in the distant past and are quite unknown to us. Over the centuries, many people have produced various "explanations" of their origins. Perhaps the most entertaining was that of John Galt who published his History in 1819. In this series we will present his full text, Chapter by chapter. Here is The final chapter.



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THE HISTORY OF GOG AND MAGOG Chapter 16
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Every November the new Lord Mayor of London holds his Show - a colourful procession of the City Guilds and dignitaries through the streets of the City. At the head of the procession are two enormous effigies of giants. These are Gog and Magog, the traditional guardians of the City of London and they have been carried in the Lord Mayor's Show since the reign of Henry V. Their origins lie in the distant past and are quite unknown to us. Over the centuries, many people have produced various "explanations" of their origins. Perhaps the most entertaining was that of John Galt who published his History in 1819. In this series we will present his full text, Chapter by chapter. Here is Chapter 16.



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THE HISTORY OF GOG AND MAGOG Chapter 15
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Every November the new Lord Mayor of London holds his Show - a colourful procession of the City Guilds and dignitaries through the streets of the City. At the head of the procession are two enormous effigies of giants. These are Gog and Magog, the traditional guardians of the City of London and they have been carried in the Lord Mayor's Show since the reign of Henry V. Their origins lie in the distant past and are quite unknown to us. Over the centuries, many people have produced various "explanations" of their origins. Perhaps the most entertaining was that of John Galt who published his History in 1819. In this series we will present his full text, Chapter by chapter. Here is Chapter 15.



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THE HISTORY OF GOG AND MAGOG Chapter 14
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Every November the new Lord Mayor of London holds his Show - a colourful procession of the City Guilds and dignitaries through the streets of the City. At the head of the procession are two enormous effigies of giants. These are Gog and Magog, the traditional guardians of the City of London and they have been carried in the Lord Mayor's Show since the reign of Henry V. Their origins lie in the distant past and are quite unknown to us. Over the centuries, many people have produced various "explanations" of their origins. Perhaps the most entertaining was that of John Galt who published his History in 1819. In this series we will present his full text, Chapter by chapter. Here is Chapter 14.



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