By Gabriel Heaton
Writing and examining Royal Entertainments explores this interpretative neighborhood via various texts. the 1st a part of the booklet seems to be at Elizabethan entertainments: the Woodstock leisure of 1575 (Chapter I); tiltyard speeches (Chapter II); and the detailed good points of revealed pamphlets and scribal copies, significantly of the 1602 Harefield leisure (Chapter III). the second one a part of the ebook is generally fascinated with Ben Jonson's paintings for the Jacobean courtroom, with chapters at the service provider Taylors' leisure (Chapter IV) and the Theobalds' leisure (Chapter V). the ultimate bankruptcy appears to be like on the texts of court docket masques, in particular within the mild of Jonson's realizing of the poet's increased position. The book's end takes the tale of those fabric texts past the early glossy interval and appears at how they've been accrued, got, and bought over the centuries.