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Drama and the transfer of power in renaissance England

Author: Martin Wiggins
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The state is at its most volatile when supreme power changes hands. This book studies five such moments of transfer in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, from Henry VIII to the English Revolution, pazying particular attention to the political function and agency of drama in smoothing the transition. Masques and civic pageants served as an art form by which incoming authority could declare its power, and  Read more...
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Named Person: Charles, King of England; Elizabeth, Queen of England; Henry, King of England; James, King of England; Charles, King of England; Elizabeth, Queen of England; Henry, King of England; James, King of England
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Wiggins
ISBN: 9780199650590 0199650594
OCLC Number: 812265181
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 151 Seiten ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements ; Abbreviations ; Introduction ; 1535: A Midsummer Night's Apocalypse ; 1559: The Taming of the Wolves ; 1603: Sycophancy and Old Clothes ; 1626: London's Labours Lost ; 1642: Closedown ; Appendix 1: Sir Thomas Cawarden's Masques for Queen Elizabeth I ; Appendix 2: William Beeston and Political Theatre During the Short Parliament ; DOCUMENTS: ; 1. Expenditure by the London Skinners' Company on the Lord Mayor's Midsummer Pageants, 1535 ; 2. Costumes for the Court Revels on 6 January 1559 ; 3. The Beautiful Hill: Thomas Middleton's verses for the Lord Mayor's pageant of 1626, The Triumphs of Health and Prosperity ; 4. Sir Thomas Salusbury's Untitled Comedy of a Citizen and his Wife ; Glossary ; Map of London ; Index
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