Eastern Travels (1606)

  • Irvin Leigh Matus


On 15 March 1604 — nine days shy of one year since the death of Elizabeth — the plague had abated sufficiently that King James was at last able to have his ceremonial entry into London. Of that doubly joyous day Thomas Dekker wrote:

The streets seemed to be paved with men: stalls, instead of rich wares, were set out with children; open casements filled up with women… he that should have compared the empty and untrodden walks of London which were to be seen in the late mortally-destroying deluge with the thronged streets now might have believed that upon this day began a new Creation, and the city was the only workhouse wherein sundry nations were made.


Town Hall Ancient Building Privy Council Henry VIII Parish Church 
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