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Why was London the centre of the Elizabethan world?

Duration: 09:40

The historian, Ian Mortimer, journeys back in time to find out why London was the centre of the Elizabethan world. He travels around the capital and visits the sights that were the most significant in the 16th century including the Tower of London, the River Thames, London Bridge, and the Globe Theatre. In the hustle and bustle of city’s streets, he uncovers a world of extremes, great wealth and poverty, magnificent buildings, theatres, slums and disease. He finds that as today, London was a centre of international trade, a place of new ideas and opportunities to make money. The Elizabethans were prepared to put up with the overcrowding, filth and unbearable smells to be part of this great city.

Available since: Wed 3 Jul 2013

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Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England Learning Zone

A compilation of short films for schools offering a travel guide to the Elizabethan world.

First broadcast: 03 Jul 2013

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