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The Language of Space in Court Performance, 1400-1625 - Janette Dillon

The Language of Space in Court Performance, 1400-1625

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Published: 16th September 2010
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Where was the chair of Mary Queen of Scots placed for her trial? How was Smithfield set up for public executions? How many paces did the King walk forward to meet a visiting ambassador in the Presence Chamber at Greenwich? How were spectators arranged at tournaments? And why did any of this matter? Janette Dillon adds a new dimension to work on space and theatricality by providing a comparative analysis of a range of spectacular historical events. She investigates in detail the claim that early modern court culture was always inherently performative, demonstrating how every kind of performance was shaped by its own space and place. Using a range of evidence, visual as well as verbal, and illustrated with some unfamiliar as well as better known images, Dillon leads the reader to general principles and conclusions via a range of minutely observed case studies.

'... adds a new dimension to work on space and theatricality, performance and early-modern court culture ... a valuable addition to studies on early-modern cultural history, as well as a test case of how to write accessibly for readers from a range of disciplines.' Greg Walker
'Using a range of evidence found in both texts and pictures, The Language of Space develops a theoretical vocabulary from disciplines as disparate as dance and architecture, creating a new language with which to discuss space in court performance, public spectacle, and early modern theatre.' Hannah Leah Crumme, Notes and Queries
"Dillon's book adds a new dimension to work on space and theatricality, performance and early-modern court culture by looking with equal rigor and insight at a range of spectacular events, from the more familiar (royal entries, progresses and revels) to those which have rarely been the subject of such detailed semiotic and performative analysis (ambassadorial receptions, trials, executions)...the first book that I have read that comprehensively makes good the claim that early-modern court culture was always inherently performative [...] This is a valuable addition to studies on early-modern cultural history, as well as a test case of how to write accessibly for readers from a range of disciplines." -Greg Walker
'Using a range of evidence found in both texts and pictures, The Language of Space develops a theoretical vocabulary from disciplines as disparate as dance and architecture, creating a new language with which to discuss space in court performance, public spectacle, and early modern theatre.' Hannah Leah Crumme, Notes and Queries

List of illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Royal entries and coronationsp. 18
Royal progressp. 49
Meetings with ambassadorsp. 76
Court revelsp. 103
Tournamentsp. 129
Trialsp. 155
Executionsp. 178
Notesp. 202
Bibliographyp. 242
Index of namesp. 259
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ISBN: 9780521886413
ISBN-10: 0521886414
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 16th September 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.59