Shakespeare in Lust

'No want of conscience hold it that I call / Her 'love' for whose dear love I rise and fall.'


Shakespeare in Lust is a literary walk.

Its aim is twofold:

1) to show off Shakespeare’s stomping ground in the East End of London, from the Tower of London to his Bishopsgate digs, via Ye Crosse Keyes Inn and Bedlam, to the sites of newly discovered The Theatre and The Curtain in Shoreditch.

2) to show how his complicated love life inspired not only the Sonnets but many of the plays and their heroines.

About Niall McDevitt

Niall McDevitt > poet > author of b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010) and Porterloo (International Times, 2012) > urban explorer > radical pedestrian who leads Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud /Yeats walks, among others.
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2 Responses to Shakespeare in Lust

  1. Suzanne Ennis says:

    Rather than a libertine, Shakespeare is believed by some, like BBC historian Michael Woods, to have been a recusant Catholic. This would also explain his desire to reside in a neighborhood where one did not have to “go to church” on Sunday, considering it was by then the oppressive state church, which persecuted and killed Catholics.

  2. I do not think of Shakespeare as a libertine, nor do I think of him as a Catholic. One does not have to be a libertine to feel lust. I know about the idea that Shakespeare was a ‘recusant’. None of Shakespeare’s known London addresses were in liberties, except Southwark from 1599-1602. In Southwark he later developed a relationship with St Saviours (now Southwark) Cathedral as that’s where he buried his dead brother Edmund in 1607. ’20 shillings was paid for his burial (possibly by William) at St Saviour’s in Southwark “with a forenoone knell of the great bell”.’

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