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Deborah Harkness

The Experience of Early Modern London

Deborah Harkness

Author and scholar Deborah Harkness considers what it would have felt like to move around and through early modern London. Relying on the writings of Isabella Whitney, Hugh Plat, and John Stow, Harkness makes these native Londoners her—and our—tour guides.

Deborah Harkness | The Experience of Early Modern London


From the September 27, 2012  lecture for the Folger Institute's fall conference, in conjunction with the Folger exhibition, Open City: London, 1500–1700.




Deborah Harkness is a prize-winning historian and novelist and a professor of history at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She is the author of The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution and the popular All Souls Trilogy, which includes A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night.

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