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Open City: London, 1500-1700

Shakespeare for Kids

London, England changed a lot in 200 years between 1500 and 1700. During that time, it grew from a walled, medieval city into the capital of an international empire.


London was home to famous kings and queens like Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. It was home to playwrights, including William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and Aphra Behn. People from all over the world began to make London their home, and it was a busy, dirty, exciting, and sometimes dangerous place to live.


Use the links below to explore London.


A Growing City
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Fire and St. Paul's
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Markets and Exploration
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London Theaters
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