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The Tudor Society

The English Court Masque – Part 2

Today's Claire Chats video follows on from last's week video - click here to view that now if you haven't seen it.

Last week, I explained that the court masque that was part of the entertainments of Epiphany 1512 was a new type of entertainment and that it was the result of the merging of old English traditions with the new Italian fashion. In this week's video, I talk about this Italian fashion and how it came about.

Sources and further reading

  • The Court Masque: A Study in the Relationship between Poetry and the Revels by Enid Welsford
  • Spectacle, Pageantry and Early Tudor Policy by Sydney Anglo
  • Court Revels 1485-1559 by W.R. Streitberger
  • Inventing the Renaissance Putto by Charles Dempsey
  • The Culture of Profession in Late Renaissance Italy by George W. McClure
  • Epiphany 1512 - Hall's account of "a maske, a thyng not seen afore in England". See p. 526.

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The English Court Masque – Part 2