Henry Condell (Henry Condell)

Henry Condell

Elizabethan actor. Henry Condell was a fellow actor and friend of William Shakespeare, who in 1623 together with John Heminge published the world famous First Folio, seven years after William’s death. It was the first time that all of Shakespeare’s works were accurately published. Earlier cheap Quarto prints had been made of some plays, which were simple bootleg editions, often badly copied from the prompt-books or from memory. This monument to Shakespeare, Henry Condell and Heminge is in the ruins of the church of St Mary Aldermanbury at the junction of Aldermanbury and Love Lane, near Cripplegate and the Barbican in the City of London. It is also the burial ground of the brutal Judge Jeffreys of the Bloody Assizes and the place where John Milton, the poet, was married. The church was rebuilt by the celebrated architect Sir Christoper Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666. It was destroyed a second time, during the Blitz of London in 1940, in the second World War. Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri then bought and re-erected the remains of the building as a memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. An original copy of the First Folio is displayed in the British Library, next to St Pancras train station. There you can also see Beowulf, the Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne Gospel, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and many more marvellous and historically important books. (bio by: Bj√∂rn Haglund)

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Born

  • January, 01, 1568
  • United Kingdom
  • Norfolk, England

Died

  • December, 12, 1627
  • United Kingdom
  • London, England

Cemetery

  • St Mary Aldermanbury Churchyard
  • London, England
  • United Kingdom

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