Moving London: Pageantry and Performance in the Early Modern City

Andrew Gordon, Tracey Hill

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Despite a legacy of critical misapprehension, the study of early modern civic
pageantry reveals a vital and wide-ranging performance culture that animated
the city and its inhabitants. Investigation of the place of pageantry in the early
modern imagination illustrates the potent accessibility of the forms it encompassed. Placing the diverse experiences and competences of pageant consumers, from the urban spectator in the crowd to the readers of printed pageant books, alongside the skilled work of the cast of collaborators involved in
pageant design and performance, illustrates the multi-layered fabric of
pageant culture in early modern London as well as the possibilities for critical
engagement exemplified by the contributors to this special issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalThe London Journal
Issue number1
Early online date1 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022
EventShakespeare Association of America 2019: Seminar 'London as a Theatrical Space' - Washington D.C., United States
Duration: 18 Apr 201918 Apr 2019

Bibliographical note

We would like to acknowledge the contribution of all those who participated in the SAA2019 seminar, ‘London as a theatrical space’. We are immensely grateful to all the contributors to this special issue for their work on this project through such a difficult time. This special issue would not have been possible without the labour of the anonymous reviewers and the immense help of Charlie Turpie at The London Journal who saw this project through its formative stages, and of Aidan Norrie who came on board near the end.


  • Pageantry
  • Performance
  • Henry Machyn
  • Robert Burton
  • Thomas Middleton
  • Lord Mayor
  • Livery Companies


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