Edinburgh 04

Edinburgh Episode 04 The Royal Mile

The fairest of streets

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh is ‘one of the fairest streets I ever saw’, wrote James Howell in the 17th century. We explore it from top to bottom, highlighting what to look out for and giving a little of the street’s turbulent history: proclamations and drunken celebrations at the Mercat Cross, Jenny Geddes hurling a chair at the Reverend James Hannay in St Giles’ Cathedral and John Knox raging against idolatry and ‘the monstrous regiment of women.’

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