Pageantry and Power: A cultural history of the early modern Lord Mayor's Show 1585-1639

Pageantry and Power: A cultural history of the early modern Lord Mayor's Show 1585-1639

by Tracey Hill


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719080104
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 01/15/2011
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Tracey Hill is Head of the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University

Table of Contents


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


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



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