The Politics of the Stuart Court Masque

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David Bevington, Peter Holbrook
Cambridge University Press, 1998 M11 19 - 335 pages
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This book takes a new look at the courtly masque-- a unique combination of music, dance, speech, and elaborate costume -- in early seventeenth-century England. The essays, written by distinguished scholars from around the world, present an interdisciplinary approach, with experts on dance, music, visual spectacle and politics all addressing the masque from the point of view of their speciality. Together they reveal how rival factions at the courts of James I and of Charles I represent their clash of viewpoints through dancing and spectacle.
 

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Contents

Courtly negotiations
20
the Earl of Essex Francis Bacon
41
Jacobean masques and the Jacobean peace
67
tradition and novelty in
88
Inventing the Stuart masque
121
Marginal Jonson
144
Devonshire Collection
154
Jonson the antimasque and the rules of flattery
176
civic and courtly ceremonies
197
The Tempest and the Jacobean court masque
218
unstable
244
The politics of music in the masque
273
Miltons Comus and the politics of masquing
296
Valediction
321
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