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Author Hunt, Alice, 1974-

Title The Drama of coronation : medieval ceremony in early modern England / Alice Hunt
Published Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (x, 242 pages)
Contents Why crown a king? Henry VIII and the medieval coronation -- 'Come my love thou shalbe crowned': the drama of Anne Boleyn's coronation -- 'But a ceremony': Edward VI's reformed coronation and John Bale's King Johan -- 'He hath sent Marye our soveraigne and Quene': England's first queen and Respublica -- 'A stage wherein was shewed the wonderfull spectacle': representing Elizabeth I's coronation
Summary The coronation was, and perhaps still is, one of the most important ceremonies of a monarch's reign. This book examines the five coronations that took place in England between 1509 and 1559. It considers how the sacred rite and its related ceremonies and pageants responded to monarchical and religious change, and charts how they were interpreted by contemporary observers. Hunt challenges the popular position that has conflated royal ceremony with political propaganda and argues for a deeper understanding of the symbolic complexity of ceremony. At the heart of the study is an investigation into the vexed issues of legitimacy and representation which leads Hunt to identify the emergence of an important and fruitful exchange between ceremony and drama. This exchange will have significant implications for our understanding both of the period's theatre and of the cultural effects of the Protestant Reformation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Coronations -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century
Monarchy -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Customs & Traditions.
Coronations -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Monarchy -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Kings and rulers
Politics and government
Kröningar -- historia -- England -- 1500-talet.
SUBJECT Great Britain -- Kings and rulers.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1485-1603.
Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603.
Subject Great Britain -- Kings and rulers.
Great Britain
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 051143765X