The court masque : Art and politics

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Holbrook, Peter. (2019). The court masque : Art and politics. In In Poole, Kristen and Shohet, Lauren (Ed.). Gathering force : Early modern British literature in transition, 1557–1623 : volume 1 pp. 161-177 Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108303774.010
AuthorsHolbrook, Peter
EditorsPoole, Kristen and Shohet, Lauren
Abstract

[Extract] That spectacular form of Renaissance court entertainment known as the masque – a sort of total artwork involving poetry, music, spell-binding scenery, lighting, costumes, and, above all, dancing – was a mode of avant-garde display dedicated to the innovative politics of royal absolutism gaining ground in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. Part of a comprehensive tradition of royal pastimes and ceremony (including progresses through the realm, entries into cities, and disguisings), the masque, which in England reached its apogee under the Stuart monarchs James I and Charles I, was dedicated to glorifying, mythologizing, and legitimating monarchy, via a complex iconographical and literary-aesthetic-philosophical program.

Page range161-177
Year2019
Book titleGathering force : Early modern British literature in transition, 1557–1623 : volume 1
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place of publicationCambridge, United Kingdom
SeriesEarly modern British literature in transition, 1557-1623
ISBN9781108303774
9781108419635
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108303774.010
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