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European Festival Studies: 1450-1700


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This series, in association with the Society for European Festivals Research, builds on the current surge of interest in the circumstances of European Festivals – their political, religious, social, economic and cultural implications as well as the detailed analysis of their performance (including ephemeral architecture, scenography, scripts, music and soundscape, dance, costumes, processions and fireworks) in both indoor and outdoor, urban and court locations. Festivals were interdisciplinary and, on occasion, international in scope. They drew on a rich classical heritage and developed a shared pan-European iconography as well as exploiting regional and site-specific features. They played an important part in local politics and the local economy, as well as international negotiations and the conscious presentation of power, sophistication and national identity. The series, including both essay collections and monographs, seeks to analyse the characteristics of individual festivals as well as to explore generic themes. It draws on a wealth of archival documentary evidence, alongside the resources of galleries and museums, to study the historical, literary, performance and material culture of these extravagant occasions of state.

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Occasions of State Early Modern European Festivals and the Negotiation of Power

Occasions of State Early Modern European Festivals and the Negotiation of Power

1st Edition

J.R. Mulryne, Krista De Jonge, R.L.M. Morris, Pieter Martens
December 17, 2018

This sixth volume in the European Festival Studies series stems from a joint conference (Venice, 2013) between the Society for European Festivals Research and the European Science Foundation’s PALATIUM project. Drawing on up-to-date scholarship, a Europe-wide group of early-career and ...

The Politics of Water in the Art and Festivals of Medici Florence From Neptune Fountain to Naumachia

The Politics of Water in the Art and Festivals of Medici Florence From Neptune Fountain to Naumachia

1st Edition

Felicia M. Else
August 02, 2018

This book tells the story of one dynasty's struggle with water, to control its flow and manage its representation. The role of water in the art and festivals of Cosimo I and his heirs, Francesco I and Ferdinando I de' Medici, informs this richly-illustrated interdisciplinary study. Else draws on a ...

Architectures of Festival in Early Modern Europe Fashioning and Re-fashioning Urban and Courtly Space

Architectures of Festival in Early Modern Europe Fashioning and Re-fashioning Urban and Courtly Space

1st Edition

J.R. Mulryne, Krista De Jonge, Pieter Martens, R.L.M. Morris
October 23, 2017

This fourth volume in the European Festival Studies, 1450–1700 series breaks with precedent in stemming from a joint conference (Venice, 2013) between the Society for European Festivals Research and the PALATIUM project supported by the European Science Foundation. The volume draws on up-to-date ...

Waterborne Pageants and Festivities in the Renaissance Essays in Honour of J.R. Mulryne

Waterborne Pageants and Festivities in the Renaissance Essays in Honour of J.R. Mulryne

1st Edition

Margaret Shewring
December 15, 2016

As the first book-length study of waterborne festivities in Renaissance and early modern Europe, this collection of essays draws on a rich array of sources, many previously un-researched, to explore aspects of scenography, choreography, music, fashion, painting, sculpture, architecture, stage-and ...

Dynastic Marriages 1612/1615 A Celebration of the Habsburg and Bourbon Unions

Dynastic Marriages 1612/1615 A Celebration of the Habsburg and Bourbon Unions

1st Edition

Margaret M. McGowan
September 09, 2016

The union of the two royal houses - the Habsburgs and the Bourbons - in the early seventeenth century illustrates the extent to which marriage was a tool of government in Renaissance Europe, and festivals a manifestation of power and cultural superiority. With contributions from scholars ...

Ceremonial Entries in Early Modern Europe The Iconography of Power

Ceremonial Entries in Early Modern Europe The Iconography of Power

1st Edition

J.R. Mulryne, Maria Ines Aliverti, Anna Maria Testaverde
March 04, 2015

The fourteen essays that comprise this volume concentrate on festival iconography, the visual and written languages, including ephemeral and permanent structures, costume, dramatic performance, inscriptions and published festival books that ’voiced’ the social, political and cultural messages ...

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