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Writing and Reading Royal Entertainments: From George Gascoigne to Ben Jonson

Gabriel Heaton


This major new study of royal entertainments from the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and King James I, including country house entertainments, tiltyard speeches, and court masques, is focused on the surviving material texts and so is a contribution to book history as well as the study of early modern court culture. Drafts, royal presentation manuscripts, widely‐circulating scribal copies, and printed pamphlets are all carefully placed in their cultural context, and the medium of manuscript is shown to have been at least as important as print for these texts' circulation. From the close collaboratio ... More

Keywords: Masques, royal entertainments, manuscripts, Queen Elizabeth, King James I, Ben Jonson, scribal circulation, court culture, country house entertainments, book history, court entertainments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199213115
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213115.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gabriel Heaton, author
Deputy Director, Department of Books and Manuscripts, Sotheby's