Set against the epic backdrop of the battle of Troy, Troilus and Criseyde is an evocative story of love and loss. When Troilus, the son of Priam, falls in love with the beautiful Criseyde, he is able to win her heart with the help of his cunning uncle Pandarus, and the lovers experience a brief period of bliss together. But the pair are soon forced apart by the inexorable tide of war and - despite their oath to remain faithful - Troilus is ultimately betrayed. Regarded by many as the greatest love poem of the Middle Ages, Troilus and Criseyde skilfully combines elements of comedy and tragedy to form an exquisite meditation on the fragility of romantic love, and the fallibility of humanity.
From pubs Charles Dickens made famous to ‘Shakespeare’s Local’ to the spot where George Orwell found respite, London’s taverns are packed with literary lore. Here, John Warland, the author of Liquid History: An Illustrated Guide to London’s Greatest Pubs, shines a light on five of the best.