The complex network of beggars and thieves, vagabonds and rogues that inhabited the colourful underworld society of London's taverns, brothels and gambling dens is what the author investigates. The book contains sixty contemporary illustrations from manuscripts and pamphlets, bringing to life this sector of Elizabethan society.
Gamini Salgado was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and came to England to attend the University of Nottingham. He became an expert on D.H.Lawrence's poetry and on Elizabethan and Jacobean literature. He was appointed to the Chair of English at Exeter University in 1977. He died in 1985.