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Answer 10. Jane Austen.

Pride and Prejudice had just been published, to huge acclaim. Jane was in London to talk business with her banker brother, who negotiated with publishers on her behalf. Nowadays, of course, she would just tweet a picture of her food.


IMG_5140 West HallWestminster Hall dates from the 1090s. It was the only part of the old Houses of Parliament to survive the fire of 1834. On 23 August 1305, a Scottish chieftain stood trial here for treason.

The man wore a crown of oak leaves in mockery of his boast that he would one day wear a crown at Westminster. Found guilty of atrocities against civilians, he was shown no mercy:

‘You shall be carried from Westminster to the Tower… hanged and drawn, and as an outlaw beheaded… your heart, liver, lungs, and entrails from which your wicked thoughts come shall be burned… your head shall be placed on London Bridge… your quarters hung on gibbets at New Castle, Berwick, Stirling and Perth.’

HISTORIC LONDON: X MARKS THE SPOT. Question 11. Mel Gibson played this character in a film. Who was he?

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