Moving London: Pageantry and Performance in the Early Modern City

Andrew Gordon, Tracey Hill

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Despite a legacy of critical misapprehension, the study of early modern civic
pageantry reveals a vital and wide-ranging performance culture that animated
the city and its inhabitants. Investigation of the place of pageantry in the early
modern imagination illustrates the potent accessibility of the forms it encompassed. Placing the diverse experiences and competences of pageant consumers, from the urban spectator in the crowd to the readers of printed pageant books, alongside the skilled work of the cast of collaborators involved in
pageant design and performance, illustrates the multi-layered fabric of
pageant culture in early modern London as well as the possibilities for critical
engagement exemplified by the contributors to this special issue.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe London Journal
Early online date1 Dec 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Dec 2021


  • Pageantry
  • Henry Machyn
  • Robert Burton
  • Thomas Middleton
  • Lord Mayor
  • Livery Companies


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