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Description - Waterborne Pageants and Festivities in the Renaissance by Margaret Shewring

As the first book-length study of waterborne festivities in Renaissance and early modern Europe, this collection of essays draws on a rich array of sources, many previously un-researched, to explore aspects of scenography, choreography, music, fashion, painting, sculpture, architecture, stage-and personnel-management and urban planning as evinced in spectacles staged on water. Bodies of water in all their variety are explored here: seas, rivers, fountains, lakes and canals and flooded improvised locations within or adjacent to great buildings all provided stages for elaborate and costly performances, utilising the particular qualities of water to reflect light and distort sound. The volume encompasses festivals marking a wide range of occasions from the election of civic officials, the welcome of a monarch, an investiture or coronation, to ambassadorial visits or the arrival of a royal or ducal bride or bridegroom. Often taking the form of re-enactments of naval battles or legendary seaborne quests, these festivals seek to buttress civic and national pride, make claims to mastery over the sea and landscape, and explore the imaginative as well as practical life of performance space which has been a hallmark of the research and publication of this volume's honorand, J.R. (Ronnie) Mulryne.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781138277014
ISBN-10: 1138277010
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 474
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Margaret Shewring

Dr Margaret Shewring is Reader in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick. Her teaching, research and recent publications concentrate on the performance context for Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Renaissance and Early Modern European festivals and the design of space for performance on the contemporary stage. She was co-general editor of the two volume Europa Triumphans: Court and Civic Festivals in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2004; e-book 2010) and a co-investigator for the digitised collection of Renaissance festival books on the website of the British Library. She is co-founder of the Society for European Festivals Research and joint general editor, with J.R. Mulryne and Margaret M.McGowan of the new Ashgate Series of European Festival Studies.

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