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Cheapside: commerce and commemoration

By Vanessa Harding

Abstract

The broad street of Cheapside, Vanessa Harding shows, was a central location in the lives and minds of early modern Londoners. In a crowded city it was a significant open space where public events could be staged and important issues communicated to a wide audience. The everyday reality of shop and market trading — where qualities and values were scrutinized and false dealing punished - enhanced its association with truth and patency. Normally dominated by the authorities, it was on occasion captured by oppositional groups, though their activities tended to reinforce Cheapside's identity as a place of publicity and validation

Topics: hca
Publisher: University of California Press
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.bbk.ac.uk.oai2:727

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