Civic London to 1558 [3 volume set]

April 2015
4 line illustrations
1795 pages
24.7x16.6 cm
Records of Early English Drama
ISBN: 9781843843993
Format: Hardback
BISAC LIT004120, DRA007000, DRA009000

Civic London to 1558 [3 volume set]

David J. Parkinson (assistant editor)

Edited by Anne Lancashire

Documents from the middle ages through to the mid sixteenth century provide rich evidence for London's vibrant dramatic activities.
The variety and richness of early London's dramatic activity are extensively revealed here: both from the records of its civic government and livery companies, 1287 to 1558, and in a chronological appendix of information from other sources, such as national and local chronicles (written in Anglo-French, Latin, and English).

Civic London to 1558 adds substantially to the amount of published evidence of early drama in London. After the demise of the multi-day biblical play performed, regularly or occasionally, in the late fourteenth century at Clerkenwell, on the edge of the city, records begin to appear of the London companies (originally craft and trade guilds) paying players/actors to perform at annual company feasts. The records are at first largely of clerks' groups, and subsequently largely of troupes patronized by royalty and the aristocracy. The London troupes of Shakespeare's day descend from here. Also elaborate formal mummings (disguisings) were sent by the city to the court, and were performed as well in company halls. Grand theatrical spectacles were presented in the streets: at Midsummer, for formal royal entries through the city, and for mayoral inaugurations. This collection makes a strong contribution to the known evidence of these activities and of others as well.

Anne Lancashire is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Toronto; she has published extensively on medieval and early modern theatre and drama.

Table of Contents

Volume 1
Select Bibliography
The Records [1286-7 to 1520-3]
Volume 2
The Records [1521-2 to 1558-9]
Appendix 1: Chronological Companion to The Records
Appendix 2: Chronological Companion to The Records: Doubtful and Erroneous Records
Appendix 3: Ancillary Records
Appendix 4: Biographical Records: William Crane and John Heywood
Appendix 5: Biographical Records: Musicians, Players, and Instrument Makers
Appendix 6: Royal Entry of Katherine of Aragon, November 1501
Appendix 7: The Mayors and Sheriffs 1190-1558
Appendix 8: Mayors and Sheriffs of London: Sunday and Tower Oaths and Presentations
Appendix 9: Saints' Days and Festivals
Volume 3


[A] model of careful research, shrewd methodology, and meticulous editing. . . . Civic London to 1558 is an excellent, comprehensive study and, like other lasting monuments to scholarship, the material supplementary to the main body of transcriptions equips readers fully to go beyond the limits of the evidence collected in raw form. MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE DRAMA IN ENGLAND

A wonderful compendium of information.. [A] rich and carefully articulated collection. THE RICARDIAN

[This] ground-breaking collection.serves as an emphatic reminder of what such volumes contain and how they may be used. . [It] marks a substantial watershed for the study of London's mimetic activities and of London itself from the last years of the thirteenth century to the middle of the sixteenth. URBAN HISTORY

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