• Wild goose chase
    Wild goose chase
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    April is Shakespeare month here at Footprints of London as we launch a special series of walks to mark the 400th anniversary of The Bard’s death.  To get us all in the mood, Neil Sinclair recounts the fascinating story of a potential mystery involving Shakespeare’s head. William Shakespeare’s heart was always in Stratford upon Avon…

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  • Ann vs. Lucy: Two London women and the English Civil War
    Ann vs. Lucy: Two London women and the English Civil War
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    To ease us out of our special series of walks celebrating International Women’s Day, Robin Rowles recounts the story of two young ladies who found themselves on the opposite sides of the greatest divide in England’s history. “Behind every great man, there is a great woman”. This well-known proverb was certainly true during one of…

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  • The only woman ever to be tortured at the Tower
    The only woman ever to be tortured at the Tower
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    In the latest in our special series of posts on our International Women’s Day series of walks, Jill Finch tells the tragic tale of Anne Askew, a woman who made the ultimate sacrifice for her conviction in her beliefs. On the death of her sister, the 15 year-old Anne Askew was married to her Catholic…

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  • “A storm in a sherry glass”
    “A storm in a sherry glass”
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    In the next our special series of posts on our walks celebrating International Women’s Day, Tina Baxter recounts the story of a group of women who campaigned for equal rights in an infamous Fleet Street watering hole. Women journalists knew their place at El Vino; banished to a back room away from the bar and…

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  • The Indian princess who went undercover for the Allies
    The Indian princess who went undercover for the Allies
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    Continuing our special series of posts on our walks celebrating International Women’s Day, Alan Fortune tells the story of a woman who who bravely worked undercover for the Allied cause in wartime Paris. Noor Inayat Khan was born in Russia in 1914 to an Indian father and American mother and was a direct descendant of…

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