Festival culture is an area which has attracted increasing interest in the field of Renaissance studies in recent years. In part the outcome of scholars' focus on the place of the city in the establishment and dissemination of common culture, the attention paid to festivals also arises from the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, which reaches across the usual demarcation lines between disciplines such as cultural, political and economic history, literature, and the visual and performing arts. The scholars contributing to this volume include representatives from all these disciplines. Their essays explore common themes in festival culture across Renaissance Europe, including the use of festival in political self-fashioning and the construction of a national self-image. Moreover, in their detailed examination of particular types of festival, they challenge generalizations and demonstrate the degree to which these events were influenced the personality of the prince, the sources of funding for the ceremony, and the role of festival managers. Usually perceived as binding forces promoting social cohesion, festivals held the potential for discord, as some of the essays here reveal. Examining a wide range of festivals including coronations, triumphal entries, funerals and courtly spectacles, this volume provides a more inclusive understanding than hitherto of festivals and their role in European Renaissance culture.
'… each essay has been rewritten, annotated and edited to form a coherent collection that significantly advances research and scholarship in the festival culture of Early Modern Europe… a valuable advance in a rich area…' Renaissance Journal 'An extremely useful roadmap to the fullness of the subject… Highly recommended.' Choice '…brimming with intellectual challenges.' Sixteenth Century Journal
Contents: Introduction, J.R. Mulryne; Recovering the Past: Early modern European festivals - politics and performance, event and record, Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly; The Renaissance triumph and its classical inheritance, Margaret M. McGowan; Early Modern France and Festival: Court festival and triumphal entries under Henri II, Richard Cooper; Etiquette and architecture at the court of the last Valois, Monique Chatenet; The politics of festivals at the Court of the last Valois, Nicolas Le Roux; The financing and material organisation of court festivals under Louis XIV, Chantal Grell; Festivals for Charles V: The two coronations of Charles V at Bologna, 1530, Bernhard Schimmelpfennig; Charles V's journey through France, 1539-40, R. J. Knecht; 'Greater than Zeuxis and Apelles': artists as arguments in the Antwerp entry of 1549, Jochen Becker; Ceremony and Elizabethan England: The funeral of Sir Philip Sidney and the politics of Elizabethan festival, Elizabeth Goldring; 'And the King of Barbary's envoy had to stand in the yard': the perception of Elizabethan court festivals in Russia at the beginning of the 17th century, Victoria Musvik; The Performance of Festival: Music, Theatre, and Event: Rites of passage: Cosimo I de' Medici and the theatre of death, Iain Fenlon; The role of music in Italian court festivals in the early Renaissance, Nicoletta Guidobaldi; Music festivals at a capital without a court: Spanish Naples from Charles V (1535) to Philip V (1702), Dinko Fabris; Music in Ferrarese festivals: harmony and chaos, Flora Dennis; Checklists for Philostrate, Roger Savage; Festival and Architecture: The theatrum for the entry of Claudia de' Medici and Federigo Ubaldo della Rovere into Urbino, 1621, Peter Davidson; The first temporary Triumphal Arch in Venice (1557), Maximilian L. S. Tondro; Ephemeral ceremonial architecture in Prague, Vienna and Cracow in the 16th and early 17th centuries, Marina Dmitrieva-Einhorn; Index.