Shakespeare's Pub by Pete Brown
A Barstool History of London As Seen Through the Windows of Its Oldest Pub - The George Inn

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...the history of the George Inn and similar watering holes is key to the establishment of theatre in England, since plays were commonly staged in inn-yards.
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A history of Britain told through the story of one very special pub, from "The Beer Drinker's Bill Bryson" (Times Literary Supplement)


Welcome to the George Inn near London Bridge; a cosy, wood-paneled, galleried coaching house a few minutes' walk from the Thames. Grab yourself a pint, listen to the chatter of the locals and lean back, resting your head against the wall. And then consider this: who else has rested their head against that wall, over the last six hundred years?

Chaucer and his fellow pilgrims almost certainly drank in the George on their way out of London to Canterbury. It's fair to say that Shakespeare popped in from the nearby Globe for a pint, and we know that Dickens certainly did. Mail carriers changed their horses here, before heading to all four corners of Britain—while sailors drank here before visiting all four corners of the world.

The pub, as Pete Brown points out, is the 'primordial cell of British life' and in the George he has found the perfect example. All life is here, from murderers, highwaymen, and ladies of the night to gossiping peddlers and hard-working clerks. So sit back with Shakespeare's Pub and watch as buildings rise and fall over the centuries, and 'the beer drinker's Bill Bryson' (UK's Times Literary Supplement) takes us on an entertaining tour through six centuries of history, through the stories of everyone that ever drank in one pub.

 

About Pete Brown

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PETE BROWN used to advertise lager for a living, until he realized that writing books about beer was even more fun, and entailed drinking even more beer. He appears regularly on television as a beer expert, writes on beer for a variety of publications and is the author of Man Walks into a Pub and the award-winning travel book Three Sheets to the Wind. He was named the British Guild of Beer Writers Beer Writer of the Year 2009. He lives in London.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 367 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Melanie Kirkpatrick on May 27 2013

"Shakespeare's Pub" presents a stream of entertaining facts and stories. In that sense, it is a companion for anyone interested in the history of the pub, an institution at the heart of British social life

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on Feb 06 2013

Brown’s wit and extensive research make this a solid book of history, sociology and literature, as well as a great travel guide.

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Reviewed by Christine Sismondo on May 31 2013

...the history of the George Inn and similar watering holes is key to the establishment of theatre in England, since plays were commonly staged in inn-yards.

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