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Patrons and PerformanceEarly Tudor Household Revels$
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Suzanne R. Westfall

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198128809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128809.001.0001

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Patrons and Performance

Suzanne R. Westfall

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the texts of interludes in England during the early Tudor period. It analyses their themes, structures, and characters from the perspectives of private auspices where they were performed, and suggests that the early Tudor interludes often portray noble characters in struggles and express dialectics of specific interest to elite audiences. The findings indicate that the dramatic structure of the interludes were part of a conscious plan to inculcate a firm acceptance for the ideology of social concepts of retention, ceremony, and hierarchy.

Keywords:   interludes, England, Tudor period, household entertainment, dramatic structure

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