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Vanessa Harding is Professor of London History at Birkbeck, University of London, where she has taught the history of London, and British and European history, for many years; she has also lectured to programmes and conferences at the Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Globe theatre. Her research focuses on medieval, Tudor, and Stuart London, and on the changing environment of the city: how and where people lived, the traces they left in words and things. She is interested in urban health and disease, especially plague, and in what we can learn from comparing London with other great cities of the period such as Paris, Naples, and Edo (Japan). She has published widely on London and its history, and is currently writing a book on seventeenth-century London.