Everything Dick Whittington and the Pied Piper Have In Common

Dick Whittington
Dick Whittington
  • Successful rat-catchers
  • Late medieval period
  • Association with mayors
  • Streets named after them
  • Negotiated significant deals with local government (restored City of London's liberties from the Crown; children for rats)
  • Important encounter on hills (Koppelberg, Highgate)
  • Luxury fabrics (traded in, wore in pied form)
  • Famously childless

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