The Singularities of London, 1578
by L. Grenade (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Reg. lat. 672), Edited by Derek Keene & Ian W. Archer
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This lively, original and informative account of London, originally written in French and completed in 1578, occupies an important place among 16th Century descriptions of the city. The author’s text often provides an original and informative view, and presents a good deal of historical, quasi-historical and mythical background. With a distinctly Protestant outlook, he characterises London as a city of peace, good order, good government and charitable institutions. He has much to say about laws and regulations and takes a special interest in London’s legal structure.