By A. Beaumont
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This significant new examine of Elizabethan and Jacobean royal entertainments, together with nation apartment entertainments, tiltyard speeches, and courtroom masques, is the 1st to appear intimately on the facts supplied by way of the surviving fabric texts. Drafts, royal presentation manuscripts, widely-circulating scribal copies, and revealed pamphlets are all conscientiously positioned of their cultural context, and the medium of manuscript is proven to were at the very least as very important as print for those texts' circulate.
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