The Drama of Coronation: Medieval Ceremony in Early Modern England (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 25, 2008 - Literary Criticism
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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.
  

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Contents

The idol ceremony of coronation
1
Why crown a king? Henry VIII and the medieval coronation
12
the drama of Anne Boleyns coronation
39
Edward VIs reformed coronation and John Bales King Johan
77
Englands first queen and Respublica
111
representing Elizabeth Is coronation
146
Presume not that I am the thing I was
173
Notes
178
Bibliography
218
Index
236
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