St. Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral on Ludgate Hill, in the City of London, and the seat of the Bishop of London. It is dedicated to Paul the Apostle. The current St. Paul's was designed in the late 17th century by Sir Christopher Wren, after the previous version (now known as Old St. Paul's) had burned down in the Great Fire of London on 2 September 1666.
It was London's largest building and, in addition to religious services, was a cultural and commercial center of the city. Vendors of all sorts hawked their wares in St Paul's, including booksellers such as Harry Seymour. Only some of these booksellers sold religious tomes. Others sold plays, often recorded from actors' memories of their lines and less than perfectly faithful to the playwrights' original. Playwrights did not profit from these sales.