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Patrons and Performance: Early Tudor Household Revels

Suzanne R. Westfall


This book is the first to examine early Tudor theatre specifically from the perspective of the great households of England. The aristocrats of the sixteenth century commissioned, funded, and staged complex and often lavish entertainments for their households including plays, masques, concerts, dances, and sports. These thematically and stylistically unified revels, watched by guests and retainers, were designed to swell the social and artistic reputation of the patron and to communicate his ideology — in fact to delight the eye and ear while selectively educating the mind and soul. Theatre bec ... More

Keywords: Tudor theatre, aristocrats, political power, patrons, performers, loyalty, playwrights, players, minstrels, plays

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198128809
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Suzanne R. Westfall, author
Lafayette College, Pennsylvania