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Historical references to London's sounds

A database of several hundred historical descriptions and references to London's sounds. They're drawn mainly from primary sources such as autobiographies, diaries and statutes, as well as novels written around the times they depict.

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Period referred to: 924

Sound category: Ceremonial > Coronations

Title of work: Gesta Regum Anglorum

Type of publication: Chronicle

Author: William of Malmesbury

Year of publication: 1125

Page/volume number: Athelstan

William of Malmesbury describes Athelstan’s coronation

The people light the festive fires,
And show by turns their kind desires.
Their deeds their loyalty declare,
Though hopes and fears their bosoms share.
With festive treat the court abounds;
Foams the brisk wine, the hall resounds:
The pages run, the servants haste.
And food and verse regale the taste.
The minstrels sing, the guests commend,
Whilst all in praise to Christ contend.
The king with pleasure all things sees.
And all his kind attentions please.