This title was first published in 2000: The Chapel Royal holds a singular position in English ecclesiastical and musical life, as a body of priests and musicians appointed by and serving the personal religious needs of the sovereign. Its historical significance owes much to its location at a court which was, for many centuries, the centre of national power and culture. It was both an instrument and a visible manifestation of policy, and its history can be seen as reflecting the fortunes of government. While its origins are lost, its growth and membership become increasingly apparent from the 13th century and can be traced in detail from the 16th century. Chief among the documents which provide evidence of the Chapel's development and administration are the two surviving Cheque Books, preserved in the Archive of the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace. These cover a period from Queen Elizabeth I to Queen Victoria (with a few additional later entries). The "Old" Cheque Book has been widely used by scholars since an edition was published by Edward F. Rimbault in 1872.
Table of Contents
Volume One Page -- List of illustrations -- Preface -- Introduction -- The Old Cheque Book -- The New Cheque Book -- Index of Persons -- Index of Subjects and Places -- Volume Two -- List of illustrations -- William Lovegrove’s Manuscript -- Marmaduke Alford’s Notes -- Index of Persons -- Index of Subjects and Places.
Andrew Ashbee is a music lecturer for the Workers’ Educational Association, and a member of the Editorial Committee of Music Britannica. He has twice won the C. B. Oldman prize for bibliography, with his Biographical Dictionary of English Court Musicians and the series Records of English Court Music, both published by Ashgate. John Harley is a retired civil servant. Ashgate publishes his two-volume British Harpsichord Music, and his studies William Byrd: Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and Orlando Gibbons and the Gibbons family of Musicians.