eBook-Tipp: London – Historische Sachbücher von Catharine Arnold

Catharine Arnold ist eine britische Schriftstellerin, Journalistin und Wissenschaftlerin.

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Globe: Life in Shakespeare’s London

Historisches Sachbuch von Catharine Arnold

The life of William Shakespeare, Britain’s greatest dramatist, was inextricably linked with the history of London. Together, the great writer and the great city came of age and confronted triumph and tragedy. Triumph came when Shakespeare’s company, the Chamberlain’s Men, opened the Globe playhouse on Bankside in 1599, under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth I. Tragedy touched the lives of many of his contemporaries, from fellow playwright Christopher Marlowe to the disgraced Earl of Essex, while London struggled against the ever-present threat of riots, rebellions and outbreaks of plague.

2015 erschienen. “Arnold is at her best in comparing the modern theatre with the gross conditions in which Shakespeare’s contemporaries watched proceedings.” (The Times) (10 Rezensionen / 4,5 Sterne), 322 Seiten noch günstig?

Underworld London

Historisches Sachbuch von Catharine Arnold

Beginning with an atmospheric account of Tyburn, we are set up for a grisly excursion through London as a city of ne’er do wells, taking in beheadings and brutality at the Tower, Elizabethan street crime, cutpurses and con-men, through to the Gordon Riots and Highway robbery of the 18thcentury and the rise of prisons, the police and the Victorian era of incarceration. As well as the crimes, Arnold also looks at the grotesque punishments meted out to those who transgressed the law throughout London’s history – from the hangings, drawings and quarterings at Tyburn over 500 years to being boiled in oil at Smithfield.

2012 erschienen. “This is a well written book by someone who knows her subject well.” (Leser) (23 Rezensionen / 4,2 Sterne), 353 Seiten noch günstig?

City of Sin: London and its Vices

Historisches Sachbuch von Catharine Arnold

If Paris is the city of love, then London is the city of lust. For over a thousand years, England’s capital has been associated with desire, avarice and the sins of the flesh. Richard of Devises, a monk writing in 1180, warned that ‚every quarter [of the city] abounds in great obscenities‘. As early as the second century AD, London was notorious for its raucous festivities and disorderly houses, and throughout the centuries the bawdy side of life has taken easy root and flourished.

2010 erschienen. “…richly detailed book…the characters who enliven the pages of this engaging survey of sex and the city would no doubt all have met with disapproval of Richard of Devizes but they do make entertaining reading” (The Sunday Times) (59 Rezensionen / 4,2 Sterne), 384 Seiten noch günstig?

Necropolis: London and Its Dead

Historisches Sachbuch von Catharine Arnold

As layer upon layer of London soil reveals burials from pre-historic and medieval times, the city is revealed as one giant grave, filled with the remains of previous eras — pagan, Roman, medieval, Victorian. This fascinating blend of archaeology, architecture and anecdote includes such phenomena as the rise of the undertaking trade and the pageantry of state funerals; public executions and bodysnatching.

2006 erschienen. “Deeply pleasing. … Entertainment of the most garish and exquisite kind. … A Baedeker of the dead.” („The Times) (62 Rezensionen / 4,1 Sterne), 321 Seiten noch günstig?

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