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Catharine Arnold : Bawds, Bards and Bear Gardens

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Join popular historian Catharine Arnold for Bawds, Bards and Bear Gardens, a light hearted talk about Southwark in the days when the area served as London's red light district. Learn about the medieval bath houses and brothels which tempted travellers across London, discover what 'the stews' really were, why the local nuns were nicknamed 'the Bishop of Winchester's geese' and what Shakespeare really meant when he told Ophelia to 'get thee to a nunnery.' Southwark's racy reputation endured well into the 16th century when the theatre boom made it a magnet for 'all forms of wickedness,' and the owner of 'The Rose' even ran a brothel on the side.

Catharine Arnold read English at Cambridge University and is the author of the popular London Quartet, including Necropolis, London and its Dead, Bedlam London and its Mad, City of Sin and Underworld London. She has appeared in 'Bedlam Time Team Special' with Tony Robinson, 'Who Do You Think You Are' and 'The Grave Trade.' Catharine's latest book is Globe, Life in Shakespeare's London.

Catharine will also be signing copies of a numbe rof her publications after the talk.

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