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Cities DividedPolitics and Religion in English Provincial Towns 1660-1722$
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John Miller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288397.001.0001

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Legitimizing Authority: Dignity, Conviviality, and Celebration

Legitimizing Authority: Dignity, Conviviality, and Celebration

(p.90) 4 Legitimizing Authority: Dignity, Conviviality, and Celebration
Cities Divided

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Corporations attempted to maintain dignity within their meetings and in their public appearances, most notably by wearing their gowns on formal occasions. They tried to maintain a sense of esprit de corps by drinking and feasting together. Civic celebrations were intended to emphasize the dignity and importance of the corporation, but also to involve townspeople, fostering civic unity — for example, on the day a new mayor was sworn in. But the townspeople could become over-exuberant and at times celebrations were hi-jacked and turned into party demonstrations.

Keywords:   corporation, gowns, feasting, celebrations, demonstrations

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