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    Barbara Ravelhofer(Author)
The Early Stuart Masque: Dance, Costume, and Music studies the complex impact of movements, costumes, words, scenes, music, and special effects in English illusionistic theatre of the Renaissance. Drawing on a massive amount of documentary evidence relating to English productions as well as spectacle in France, Italy, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire, the book elucidates professional ballet, theatre management, and dramatic performance at the early Stuart court. Individual studies take a fresh look at works by Ben Jonson, Samuel Daniel, Thomas Carew, John Milton, William Davenant, and others, showing how court poets collaborated with tailors, designers, technicians, choreographers, and aristocratic as well as professional performers to create a dazzling event. Based on extensive archival research on the households of Queen Anne and Queen Henrietta Maria, special chapters highlight the artistic and financial control of Stuart queens over their masques and pastorals. Many plates and figures from German, Austrian, French, and English archives illustrate accessibly-written introductions to costume conventions, early dance styles, male and female performers, the dramatic symbolism of colours, and stage design in performance. With splendid costumes and choreographies, masques once appealed to the five senses. A tribute to their colourful brilliance, this book seeks to recover a lost dimension of performance culture in early modern England.

Ravelhofer breaks new ground in exploring how masques actuall worked...This is a valuable study, full of new information culled from a wide range of sources. (R. MalcolmSmuts Kiritikon Litterarum)...a work of exceptional range and substance, which takes the study of the masque to an altogether new level...a book rich with fascinating material...the most important study of the masque to appear for a long time. (John Peacock Theatre Notebook)...Barbara Ravelhofer has made a substantial, often brilliant, thought-provoking contribution to our knowledge of early Stuart masques in performance. (C.E. McGee, Theatre Survey)pioneering work ... an excellent study which promises to become standard literature on the court masque (Shakespeare Jahrbuch)

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