April 11th

In 1877, the same year as Irving’s tour of Stratford-upon-Avon was published, another piece of bardolatry came out to offer readers one more look into the life Shakespeare would have lived in Elizabethan England. A re-issue of a description of England composed in the sixteenth century by William Harrison, William Harrison’s Description of England in Shakespeare’s Youth offers maps of London and its environs, and even a bird’s eye view of the route Shakespeare would have taken to get from Stratford-upon-Avon to London, to go with the written descriptions Harrison originally supplied.

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