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An Absolute Rake; or, Ball Games, Vice & Musick (feat. Early Modern Dance at Sadler's Wells)
A local history of the west end of London UK & its neighbouring fields circa 1700, the tale of the life of the absolute rake, gangster and local publican Charles Eaton features bowls, skittles... More > & cricket, and the craze for gambling that attended all sporting events and indeed anywhere that men & women congregated.
With the poet/journalist Ned ward (aka the London Spy) as our guide, we further visit the worlds of popular musick, dueling, prostitutes and their bullies; footpads and highwaymen, lawyers, brokers and the birth of high finance; with also digressions upon the Cheshire Round country dance (of which Eaton was a leading exponent) and the role of the fairgrounds and Sadler's Wells variety theatre in the birth of the English pantomime and British ballet.< Less