As a child I remember a Christmas treat of being taken to the London Palladian to see ‘Puss in Boots.’ This is a version of the story of a poor boy, Dick Whittington. He heard rumours that London was paved with gold and gathered all his possessions into a spotted handkerchief and, along with his pet cat Puss, went to the city where the cat helped him make his fortune.
‘Dick Whittington had often heard
The curious story told.
That far fam’d London’s brilliant streets
Were paved with sheets of gold.’
But this is more than just a story. There was a real Dick Whittington (1358 – 1423), the youngest son of Sir William Whittington....
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