St Pauls

St Pauls Cathedral in London is probably built on the site of a Roman pagan temple. In medieval times, the gothic cathedral loomed over the city, and in the days of Shakespeare and the Puritans, great sermons were preached from St Pauls Cross, beside the cathedral. All these developments are described in LONDON from the 'Londinium' chapter onwards. The building of the present St Pauls, after the Fire of London, by Sir Christopher Wren, and the way he concealed the fact that it was to have a dome from the authorities are the subject of the chapter 'St Pauls'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Potatoes were made illegal in France for 24 years ! The French became convinced that the South American vegetable could cause a whole host of diseases, including leprosy, so in 1748, the cultivation and consumption of potatoes was strictly outlawed. It wasn’t until an imprisoned medical army officer named Antoine Auguste Parmentier survived in his prison cell subsisting solely on a diet of potatoes that acceptance of the food began to shift. After being released from prison, Parmentier went on to write a thesis about its health benefits, helping to overturn the law and re-introduce the potato to the French public in 1772. Within 20 years, potatoes became one of the most popular, and indeed, important foods in France. Even the ornamental royal gardens in Tuileres Palace in Paris - originally filled with flowers and exotic plants - were converted into potato fields.




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