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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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1626: London’s Labours Lost

1626: London’s Labours Lost

(p.65) 1626: London’s Labours Lost
Drama and the Transfer of Power in Renaissance England

Martin Wiggins

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the circumstances in which London prepared a royal entry for the coronation of Charles I only to have it repeatedly postponed and ultimately cancelled by royal command. The purpose, form, and typical content of such event are reconstructed with reference to previous royal entries, hypotheses developed about the likely content of the abortive Caroline entry, and two passages of surviving text, one by Thomas Middleton and one by Ben Jonson, are tentatively identified as fragments of the pageant scripts.

Keywords:   Charles I, accession, coronation, London, royal entry, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton

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