‘A briefe narration of each seuerall shew’
The Show from street to print
in Pageantry and power

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. What is common to all the surviving copies of mayoral Shows is that, where they exist at all, contemporary marginalia only rarely extends past the title page of the text. Even there, handwritten annotation tends to be solely owners' or readers' names. This chapter explores who the printers and publishers of the texts were and what connections they may have had with the writers, artificers and/or the livery companies. Livery company patronage underscores the existence of the events, first on the street and then in print. The chapter addresses the nature of the relationship between the printed text and the event it sought to represent.

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Pageantry and power

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

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