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Pageantry and Power

"Pageantry and Power" is the first full and in-depth cultural history of the Lord Mayor's Show in the early modern period. It provides new insight into the culture and history of the London of Shakespeare's time and beyond. Central to the cultural life of London, the Lord Mayor's Shows were high-profile and lavish entertainments produced by some of the most talented writers of the time. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, "Pageantry and Power" explores various important factors, including the relationship between the printed texts of the Shows and actual events. This full-scale study of the civic works of important writers enhances our understanding of their other, often better-known, dramatic works contributing to a fuller estimation of their literary careers. This book is an invaluable resource for scholars and students of early modern literature, drama, history, civic culture, pageantry, urban studies, cultural geography, book history, as well as the interested general reader.
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"Pageantry and Power" is the first full and in-depth cultural history of the Lord Mayor's Show in the early modern period. It provides new insight into the culture and history of the London of Shakespeare's time and beyond. Central to the cultural life of London, the Lord Mayor's Shows were high-profile and lavish entertainments produced by some of the most talented writers of the time. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, "Pageantry and Power" explores various important factors, including the relationship between the printed texts of the Shows and actual events. This full-scale study of the civic works of important writers enhances our understanding of their other, often better-known, dramatic works contributing to a fuller estimation of their literary careers. This book is an invaluable resource for scholars and students of early modern literature, drama, history, civic culture, pageantry, urban studies, cultural geography, book history, as well as the interested general reader.
Tracey Hill is Head of the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University
Acknowledgements List of figures 1. 'From low-obscure Beginnings raysde to Fame': critical and historical contexts of the Lord Mayor's Show 2. 'Our devices for that solemne and Iouiall daye': the writers, artificers, and the livery companies 3. 'A day of well Compos'd Variety of Speach and shew': bringing the Shows to life 4. 'A briefe narration of each seuerall shew': the Show from street to print 5. 'To prune and dresse the Tree of Gouernment': political and contemporary contexts of the Shows Appendix: the Lord Mayor's Shows, 1585 - 1639: summary Bibliography Index
[Tracey] Hill is fast establishing herself as one of the most respected authorities on the Lord Mayor's pageant' and Pageantry and Power is 'heavyweight, seriously researched book [that] . makes a considerable contribution to advancing knowledge in this area Hill's Pageantry and Power is an impressive achievement, presenting an authoritative argument in accessible and largely jargon-free language. -- .
Author
Tracey Hill
Publisher
Manchester University Press
Year
2011
ISBN-10
071908010X
ISBN-13
9780719080104
Format
Hardcover
Short Title
PAGEANTRY & POWER
Language
English
Media
Book
Publication Date
2011-10-28
Illustrations
Yes
Imprint
Manchester University Press
Subtitle
A Cultural History of the Early Modern Lord Mayor's Show, 1585-1639
Place of Publication
Manchester
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
394.509421209031
Pages
416
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