1626: London’s Labours Lost

Martin Wiggins

in Drama and the Transfer of Power in Renaissance England

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199650590
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741982 | DOI:
1626: London’s Labours Lost

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This chapter details the circumstances in which London prepared a royal entry for the coronation of Charles I only to have it repeatedly postponed and ultimately cancelled by royal command. The purpose, form, and typical content of such event are reconstructed with reference to previous royal entries, hypotheses developed about the likely content of the abortive Caroline entry, and two passages of surviving text, one by Thomas Middleton and one by Ben Jonson, are tentatively identified as fragments of the pageant scripts.

Keywords: Charles I; accession; coronation; London; royal entry; Ben Jonson; Thomas Middleton

Chapter.  12091 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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