Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, c.1572 - detail -The Tower of London.

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Date:1572 - 1580 (c.)

Description:The Tower of London in Shakespeare's time.

The fortress on the banks of the tidal river Thames was a royal palace, and a prison stronghold. It also housed the royal armoury and a public menagerie. Shakespeare set scenes there in his history plays, including Richard III where the royal princes George of Clarence, Edward Prince of Wales and his brother, Richard of York, were all murdered.

See: Richard III, 4,2, lines 72-85 and 4,3, lines 1-22.


Full title: Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, [from Civitates orbis terrarum. Coloniae Agrippinae, 1572 -c.1580](hand-coloured)


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1570s
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, c. 1572  - detail - decorative title panel
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, c. 1572 - detail - decorative title panel

'Londinium': ancient capital of Shakespeare's England. London had been founded ...

1590s
John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597]
John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597]

London Bridge, looking upstream in Shakespeare's time. London's medieval bridge ...

1610s
Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619 Map of the Americas - whole map, hand-coloured.
Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619 Map of the Americas - whole map, hand-coloured.

The Americas in the reign of James I, Shakespeare’s patron. Courtiers of ...

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