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Jousting at Whitehall Palace

Join the crowds at a royal joust in honour of Elizabeth I.

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.

Samuel Pepys’s Cheese at Seething Lane

Flames are racing towards your house: what do you save? In 1666, Samuel Pepys prioritised his cheese.

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Three dames and a dildo.

In c.1340, a professional scribe of Shropshire copied down a fun fireside tale. Three women are off on a pilgrimage. On the road, one of them finds ‘a great huge penis, draped about with just its muzzle peeking out’ from behind a hawthorn bush. This episode considers a variety of stories of wandering genitalia, and the problems with picking up a disembodied penis off the road.