‘Our Children Made Enterluders’: Choristers, Actors, and Students in St Paul’s Cathedral Precinct

Roze F. Hentschell

Abstract


This essay explores the relationship between theatre and neighbourhood in early modern England with a focus on St Paul’s Cathedral precinct, demonstrating that the boys who performed as the Children of Paul’s were necessarily shaped by their time there in multiple ways. The seemingly discrete places of the cathedral that the boys inhabited, such as their singing school, the residence hall, the cathedral choir, the churchyard, and the grammar school, were as porous as the activities that took place there. We cannot, then, disentangle the boys’ lives as actors from their lives as denizens of Paul’s.


Keywords


Children Of Paul's; St Paul's Cathedral; St Paul's Grammar School, John Marston

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.12745/et.19.2.2837


Roze F. Hentschell
Colorado State University
United States

Roze F. Hentschell (roze.hentschell@colostate.edu) is a professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. She is the author of The Culture of Cloth in Early Modern England: Textual Constructions of a National Identity (Ashgate, 2008) and the co-editor of Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1650, with Amanda Bailey (Palgrave, 2010) and Essays in Memory of Richard Helgerson: Laureations, with Kathy Lavezzo (University of Delaware Press, 2012). She is working on a monograph on the cultural geography of St. Paul's Precinct in the early modern period.