This collection of papers which first appeared in Pall Mall magazine in the late 1800s reveals aspects of Westminster that might otherwise have been overlooked. Besant presents the Isle of Bramble as a busy place of trade before the growth of London and restores the vanished palaces of Westminster and Whitehall. He portrays the life of the Abbey, with its services, its rule, its anchorites and its Sanctuary along with the life of the town and its people. The role of Westminster in the introduction of printing to England is also explored. Includes black & white illustrations by William Patten, among others, plus maps and floor plans, with an appendix and index. Sir Walter Besant was a novelist and historian. WESTMINSTER, originally published in 1895, is the successor to the author's earlier volume, LONDON.
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