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A cultural history of the early modern Lord Mayor’s Show, 1585-1639

The London Lord Mayors' Shows were high-profile and lavish entertainments that were at the centre of the cultural life of the City of London in the early modern period. The Show was staged annually to celebrate the inauguration of the new Lord Mayor. The London mayoralty was not simply an entity of civic power, but always had its ritual and ceremonial dimensions. Pageantry was a feature of the day's entertainment. This book focuses on the social, cultural and economic contexts, in which the Shows were designed, presented and experienced, and explores the Shows in textual, historical, bibliographical, and archival and other contexts. It highlights the often-overlooked roles of the artificer and those other craftsmen who contributed so valuably to the day's entertainment. The Show was the concern of the Great Twelve livery companies from the ranks of one of which the Lord Mayor was elected. The book discusses, inter alia, the actors' roles, the props, music and costumes used during the Show and looks at how important emblems and imagery were to these productions. Pageant writers and artificers took advantage of the space available to them just as dramatists did on the professional stage. From 1585 onwards the Lord Mayor's Show was with increasing frequency transmitted from event to text in the form of short pamphlets produced in print runs ranging from 200 to 800 copies. The book also demonstrates the ways in which the Shows engaged with the changing socio-economic scene of London and with court and city politics.

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Svante Norrhem
Erik Thomson

Introduction Svante Norrhem and Erik Thomson Historians have long recognized that the early modern period formed a pivotal moment in the development of European warfare, states, and diplomacy, with profound effects upon global history. As might be expected when rulers and occasionally subjects sought to gain glory by taking up arms to vindicate the justice of their claims – whether dynastic, customary, or historical – in a political system widely conceived as hierarchical, warfare was nearly endemic.1 The intractable theological disputes that followed the

in Subsidies, diplomacy, and state formation in Europe, 1494–1789
Brian Hoggard

9 Beyond the witch trials Counter-witchcraft and popular magic The archaeology of counter-witchcraft and popular magic Brian Hoggard One aspect of the study of witchcraft and magic, which has not yet been absorbed into the main stream of literature on the subject, is the archaeological record of the subject. Objects such as witch-bottles, dried cats, horse skulls, shoes, written charms and numerous other items have been discovered concealed inside houses in significant quantities from the early modern period until well into the twentieth century. The locations

in Beyond the witch trials
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The dialectics of stereotyping – past and present
Sandra Jovchelovitch
Koji Yamamoto
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Peter Lake

stereotyping as a direct and inevitable pathway to prejudice and discrimination towards out-groups. 6 And given how much domestic and international politics in the twenty-first century has turned out to be profoundly affected by stereotypes, reappraising their impact in the early modern period may have unexpected political and practical resonances today. Engaging with early modern case studies Stereotypes in early modern England were never simply an amalgam of prejudice and ideology. As shown by Tim Harris

in Stereotypes and stereotyping in early modern England
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Alison Rowlands

Conclusion In Rothenburg and its hinterland four factors interacted to ensure that the area experienced a restrained pattern of witch-trials and only three executions for witchcraft throughout the early modern period. The first was a willingness on the part of the councillors and their judicial advisers to treat and punish a significant proportion of the witchcraft allegations with which they were confronted as slanders.1 This happened most often during the second half of the sixteenth and early part of the seventeenth century, but was still possible in later

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany
Elite beliefs about witchcraft and magic
Alison Rowlands

these activities at law: it was chiefly this doubt which explained their relatively mild treatment and punishment of alleged witches during the early modern period. Like their subjects, the Rothenburg elites believed that witches could interfere in all manner of damaging ways with the lives and bodies of people and animals. In 1587, for example, the questions put to alleged witch Magdalena Gackstatt of Hilgartshausen asked her whether she had caused bad weather, created discord between married couples, attacked pregnant women, or otherwise caused harm to people and

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany
Simon Wortham

the Bensalemites is to persist and thrive. For readers of Bacon and students of the early modern period in England more generally, the New Atlantis therefore unavoidably raises questions concerning the relationship between censorship and knowledge, insofar as this relationship actually comes to structure and define the possibilities for any advancement of learning of the sort that is imagined to take place in the formal, institutional space of an ideal academy such as Salomon’s House. One of the places where questions of censorship have been raised most

in Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis
Critical and historical contexts of the Lord Mayor’s Show
Tracey Hill

1 ‘From low-obscure Beginnings raysde to Fame’: critical and historical contexts of the Lord Mayor’s Show The London Lord Mayors’ Shows were high-profile and very lavish entertainments that were at the centre of the cultural life of the City of London in the early modern period. Staged annually in the course of one day in late October to celebrate the inauguration of the new Lord Mayor, the Show – or Triumph, as it was often called – was usually composed of an eclectic mixture of extravagantly staged emblematic tableaux, music, dance and speeches, together with

in Pageantry and power
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Katherine Aron-Beller

2 Procedure and reaction This chapter studies the procedure adapted by Modenese Inquisitors in their trial proceedings against Jews, and the Jews’ reactions to the expanding jurisdiction of this court. It begins with a comparison of the tribunal’s treatment of Jews with that of other Inquisitorial courts in Italy in the early modern period, and then examines the judicial procedure to reveal what was distinctive about the Holy Office’s prosecution of Jews in contrast to Christians. The Inquisition’s policy of expurgation and removal of prohibited books in the

in Jews on trial
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Conversations about the past in Restoration and eighteenth-century England
Daniel Woolf

discussion between Fluellen and Gower on the character of ‘Alexander the Pig’, or Great as compared with Henry V (Henry V, IV, 7, 1–56). The commonplace books of the early modern period are littered with incidents wrenched from their temporal contexts to provide illustrations of moral or political points. Once collected, they furnished the speaker with a copia of examples with which to argue, either by precedent or analogy, the rightness of a particular action. The parliamentary debates of the seventeenth century show that Members of Parliament had regular recourse to the

in The spoken word