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Drama and the Transfer of Power in Renaissance England$
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Martin Wiggins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199650590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650590.001.0001

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1603: Sycophancy and Old Clothes

1603: Sycophancy and Old Clothes

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(p.41) 1603: Sycophancy and Old Clothes
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Drama and the Transfer of Power in Renaissance England
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Martin Wiggins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650590.003.0004

This chapter analyses six progress entertainments and court masques staged during the first year of James I's reign. The entertainments, one of them by Ben Jonson, are connected with bids for power and influence by courtiers. The masques, one of them by Samuel Daniel, are statements of power by the new regime, asserting the change of dynasty by drawing contrast with Elizabeth I, and also setting forth James's new and distinctive line of policy in respect of the projected union of his two kingdoms of England and Scotland.

Keywords:   James I, Anne of Denmark, Prince Henry, accession, dynasty, union, court, entertainment Samuel Daniel, Ben Jonson

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