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Drama and the Transfer of Power in Renaissance England

Martin Wiggins


The state is at its most volatile when supreme power changes hands. This book studies five such moments of transfer in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, from Henry VIII to the English Revolution, with particular attention to the political function and agency of drama in smoothing the transition. Masques and civic pageants served as an art form by which incoming authority could declare its power, and subjects could express their willing subordination to the new regime. The book contains vivid case studies of these dramatic works, some of which have never before been identified, and ... More

Keywords: theatre, politics, Reformation, London, Royal Supremacy, Tudor, Stuart, censorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199650590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Wiggins, author
Senior Lecturer and Fellow, The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon