Triumph of Peace

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A masque by J. Shirley, acted and printed 1634.

This was the best known of all 17th‐cent. masques, mainly because of the spectacular torchlight procession (or ‘triumph’) of the masquers, from Holborn to Whitehall, which preceded the masque proper. It was an expression of loyalty to the Crown on the part of the four Inns of Court, after Prynne had published his Histriomastix (1633) with a dedication to his fellow‐benchers at Lincoln's Inn. The masque was designed by I. Jones, and its score (by W. Lawes and Simon Ives) is among the few examples of masque music that have survived.

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James Shirley (1596—1666) playwright and poet

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