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St Paul's Cathedral Precinct in Early Modern Literature and CultureSpatial Practices$
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Roze Hentschell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198848813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198848813.001.0001

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Paul’s Churchyard

Paul’s Churchyard

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St Paul's Cathedral Precinct in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Roze Hentschell

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the buildings in the spaces exterior to the cathedral and their uses, with an emphasis on behaviour ‘out of place’, including vagrancy and violence. It focuses on the area of the north churchyard, in particular the bookshops and the College of Minor Canons, as revealed in the 1598 bishop’s visitation documents. Shopping for books is described, along with how it evolved to include browsing or loitering. The College of Minor Canons, built as a site for the clergy associated with the cathedral choir, operated much as did other London neighbourhoods. However, the permission of clerical marriage, the alteration of structures in the college, the practice of taking on lodgers, and the presence of women, transformed the meaning of the space. The individuals who lived there are considered, many of whom regularly transgressed social and religious norms and tore the fabric of community.

Keywords:   Paul’s Churchyard, Stationers’ Hall, bookshops, shopping/browsing/loitering, College of Minor Canons, bishop’s visitation, women, neighbourhood, crime and punishment, misbehaviour

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