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18. JOHN CALVIN

In 1536 John Calvin with his stern attitude on life and the heareafter arrived in the city.

He took over. His rule ensured the city's independence from outsiders but inside the walls strict rules were enforced.

Adultry was punished by death. A young man was beheaded for striking his parents.

Men were fined for having long hair, women for curling it. There were rules on dress, food, entertainment and prices.

19. ONE FAILURE

The city closed the pubs. It replaced them with godly houses of refreshment with a bible always available.

Alas it found that although it could regulate so many other things, it could not stop men from drinking (as the Americans were to discover 400 years later). It had to concede defeat and allow the pubs to re-open.

20. OTHER MATTERS

While people were struggling with the challenges of city life, in this century the printing press had been introduced, old religions were discarded and a new continent was' discovered.

But this is a story for another newsletter.

21. BOOKS TO READ

  • Calvin's Geneva - Wm. Minter (1967)
  • Nuremberg in the 16th Century - Gerald Strauss (1966)
  • Landlords to London - Simon Jenkins (1975)
  • A History of London Life -
    R.J. Mitchell/M.D.R. Leys (1959)
  • Oxford History of England 1485-1558 - J.D. Mackie (1952)

22. NOTE

This is the 7th newsletter in the History of City Housing produced by the LBI Housing Department, 292 Essex Road, Nl.

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