The Chautauquan; A Weekly Newsmagazine. [Official Publication of Chautauqua Institution, a System of Popular Education] Volume 60

The Chautauquan; A Weekly Newsmagazine. [Official Publication of Chautauqua Institution, a System of Popular Education] Volume 60

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...and Little Conduits where the people of the entire neighborhood drew their water, either in person or through the aid of carriers. Near the west end was the Standard of Cheap, a fountain before which for centuries public punishments were meted out. The list of penalties is a grim one, running from executions and mutilations to exposure in the pillory and the public burning of dishonest merchandise and seditious books. Near the east end was Cheapside Cross, the eleventh of the twelve crosses (Charing Cross was the last) marking the resting places of the body of Queen Eleanor when it was brought from Hardeby to Westminster Abbey in I290. This memorial was regularly regilded at coronation times, but was regarded with disfavor as a Popish sign by the Puritans and demolished by them in 1643. A procession through this street was a passage through the heart of the business district where sightseers by thousands could be gathered without calling upon other portions of London to augment the crowds which lined the way. The progress of a pageant through Cheapside was not an occasion on which the populace played the part of meek and lowly spectators, for the degree of self discipline noticeable in a modern English crowd had not then been attained. The Lord Mayor's show of 1617 as described by an eye witness seems to have been made picturesque quite as much by the informalities of the occasion as by the regularly prepared display. "The sleek, plump city marshal on horseback, looking like the head priest of Bacchus, tried to keep order in vain." The companies in the windows showered squibs and firecrackers below, to the apparent delight of the people who were hit, and fireworks were rather recklessly used to clear the way for the...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236926935
  • 9781236926937