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    Alice Hunt(Author)

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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.

'Alice Hunt's first monograph is an engrossing and superbly written account of the sixteenth-century Tudor coronation ceremony.' Modern Language Review

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  • PDF | 254 pages
  • Alice Hunt(Author)
  • Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (25 Sept. 2008)
  • English
  • 10
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By listener on 19 April 2013

    For anyone with an interested in Tudor history, religious tensions or Tudor drama this book has a lot to offer. It is particularly strong on setting eyewitness accounts in context. The publishers suggest it is aimed at scholars but although it is dense with detail, it is written in clear language and is not overburdened with jargon, so don’t be put off. It is pricey, so it is worth shopping around.


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