Civic Performance: Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London brings together a group of essays from across multiple fields of study that examine the socio-cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic dimensions of pageantry in sixteenth and seventeenth-century London.

This collection engages with modern interest in the spectacle and historical performances of pageantry and entertainments, including royal entries, progresses, coronation ceremonies, Lord Mayor’s Shows, and processions. Through a discussion of the extant texts, visual records, archival material, and emerging projects in the digital humanities, the chapters elucidate the forms in which the period itself recorded its public rituals, pageantry, and ephemeral entertainments. The diversity of approaches contained in these chapters reflects the collaborative nature of pageantry and civic entertainments, as well as the broad socio-cultural resonances of this form of drama, and in doing so offers a study that is multi-faceted and wide-ranging, much like civic performance itself.

Ideal for scholars of Early Modern global politics, economics, and culture; literary and performance studies; print culture; and the digital humanities, Civic Performance casts a new lens on street pageantry and entertainments in the historically and culturally significant locus of Early Modern London.

chapter |10 pages


ByJ. Caitlin Finlayson, Amrita Sen

part Part I|80 pages

Civic to global

chapter 1|19 pages

‘To the Honour of our Nation abroad’

The merchant as adventurer in civic pageantry
ByTracey Hill

chapter 2|18 pages

Locating the rhinoceros and the Indian

Strangers, trade, and the East India Company in Thomas Heywood’s Porta Pietatis
ByAmrita Sen

chapter 3|20 pages

‘Cleopatra in Her Barge’

Anne Boleyn’s coronation pageants and the production of English cultural capital
BySarah Crover

part Part II|64 pages

Material encounters

chapter 6|22 pages

Arion’s harp, Apollo’s lute

The instrumental sounds of London’s Lord Mayor’s Shows
ByJennifer Linhart Wood

chapter 7|17 pages

Financial encounter customs

Tradition and form in London’s civic pageantry
ByJill Ingram

part Part III|84 pages

Methodologies for re-viewing performance

chapter 8|19 pages

The Duke of Lennox and civic entertainments

ByDavid M. Bergeron

chapter 10|19 pages

Musical transformations of the city soundscape

King James I’s entry into London in 1604
ByKatherine Butler

chapter 11|20 pages

Building a digital geospatial anthology of the mayoral Shows

ByJanelle Jenstad, Mark Kaethler