Shakespeare, Time and London

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Of his 38 writings, only 11 works of the wordsmith, William Shakespeare, happen in London: three he dedicated to the monarchs John, Edward III and Henry VII. The 8 hours make up a chronicle (very dramatized, of course) about the War of the Roses.

It is likely that those works of history were presented at the theatre, The Globe, which today is one of the main attractions you can enjoy, a few meters from your Vacation Home in Central London.

It was built in 1599, burned down in 1613 and rebuilt the following year. It remained standing until 1644, to build houses. Today, the new The Globe is 230 meters from its original site, it was rebuilt in 1997 and was inaugurated with the presentation of Henry The V. Perhaps it is the most recognized work (with Richard III) in the stories.

 

This story will be the good man teach his son;

And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,

From this day to the ending of the world,

But we in it shall be rememberèd-

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he to-day that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother;

 

The War of the Roses includes a dozen kings: Richard II, Henry IV, V and VI; Edward IV and V; and Henry VII (the first of the House of Tudor). Of these, Edward V and his brother Richard are remembered as the “Princes in the Tower”, because that is where they were last seen, before the coronation of their uncle, Richard III.

As a palace and prison, the Tower is one of the most important historical buildings in London. It is the most visible legacy of William the Conqueror. Beginning construction in the decade of 1070, it took 20 years to finish the fortress that would dominate the bank of the Thames for so many centuries. There were Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes and also Elizabeth I, a few years before being “the Virgin Queen”.

Today, the tower remains one of the most iconic attractions for those who reside in a vacation home in Central London. It is so important that it gives its name to the Tower Bridge (which is always confused with the authentic London Bridge.

It was built between 1886 and 1894. It is now one of the emblems of London and England in the world (such as the Eifel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe for France). Both people and cars cross this bridge frequently, and some ships must also cross it on their way across the Thames, up to the river docks, where Joseph Conrad started the narrative of Marlow and Kurtz in Heart of Darkness (1899).

From there, the centre of London is yours. Admire the 300 years of St. Paul’s Cathedral, visit the Borough Market, the Tate, and see the entire city from its great eye – the tallest wheel of fortune in Europe – next to the Thames. Walk the Bridge, get to know the Crown Jewels and reserve a play in the Shakespeare theatre.

From the Globe, the city of the wordsmith opens great possibilities of history, fun and culture for citizens, tourists and visitors. That is why she has fallen in love with so many generations of people who visit her.

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