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Quarrelling Artisans at Whitehall Banqueting House

The court performances of the early seventeenth century presented an image of perfect political harmony; but backstage the reality was very different.

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Whoresnest: the story of the Bankside Stews

Until the C16th, the area next to the river in Lambeth was home to the so-called Bankside Stews, a collection of bathhouses that doubled as brothels.