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The Boars Head Tavern - East Cheap

From: Roy Trumbull
Length: 30:08

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The author goes in quest of the Boars Head Tavern that was often frequented by Falstaff and Prince Hal in Henry the IV Part 1.

Default-piece-image-0 Washington Irving (1783 - 1859) is best known for Rip Van Winkle and also the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Both show up in The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon as does this story. Crayon was one of Irving's pen names. In the book Crayon attributes Rip Van Winkle to Diedrich Knickerbocker who was also an Irving invention.
Irving had to go to England to take care of some business and while there he wrote a detailed account of how Christmas was celebrated in England. It was very influential on the American celebration of that holiday. It also may be found in the Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon. Irving was determined to write an article about Shakespeare but found the ground had been thoroughly covered by other writers. Then while reading Henry IV Part 1 he hit upon the idea of searching for whatever might remain of the Boars Head Tavern and this is his account.

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Washington Irving (1783 - 1859) is best known for Rip Van Winkle and also the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Both show up in The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon as does this story. Crayon was one of Irving's pen names. In the book Crayon attributes Rip Van Winkle to Diedrich Knickerbocker who was also an Irving invention.
Irving had to go to England to take care of some business and while there he wrote a detailed account of how Christmas was celebrated in England. It was very influential on the American celebration of that holiday. It also may be found in the Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon. Irving was determined to write an article about Shakespeare but found the ground had been thoroughly covered by other writers. Then while reading Henry IV Part 1 he hit upon the idea of searching for whatever might remain of the Boars Head Tavern and this is his account.