Whorehouses

The main whorehouses of London were traditionally in Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames - close by what became the theatrical district of Shakespeare's Globe. The land belonged to the Bishop of Winchester, who regulated the brothels. The rules for the prostitutes may well have been drawn up by his assistant, the future saint, Thomas Becket. See LONDON, 'The Whorehouse'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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