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Coverage for grant RQ-50582-11

Records of Early English Drama: Editorial Support
Peter Greenfield, University of Puget Sound

Grant details:

Review: Civic London to 1558 (Review)
Author(s): Robert Tittler
Publication: Urban History
Date: 11/1/2016
Abstract: 'Anne Lancashire’s ground-breaking collection of the dramatic records of civic London to 1558 serves as an emphatic reminder of what such volumes contain and how they may be used. Following on the heels of Mary C. Erler (ed.), Records of Early English Drama: Ecclessiastical London (Toronto and London, 2008) and Alan H. Nelson and John R. Elliott, Jr (eds.), Records of Early English Drama: Inns of Court (3 vols., Cambridge, 2010), this three-volume collection brings an impressively comprehensive picture of London’s dramatic activities closer to completion. Like its predecessors, REED: Civic London to 1558 identifies and publishes every retrievable record relating to mimetic performance within its geographic and chronological remit.’

Review: Civic London to 1558 (Review)
Publication: The London Journal
Date: 1/1/2016
Abstract: "REED's Civic London to 1558 reveals records of both civic government and livery companies witnessing to the richness of theatrical and musical activities in London between 1287 and 1558. It particularly focuses on ‘the internal government authority of each of the various London craft or trade guilds’, which regularly ‘contributed to the city's formal street music and pageantry’ (xviii).... Livery companies' extant records, thus, constitute an invaluable source of information on early London musical and theatrical activities, including pageantry....What survives, nonetheless, offers a rich picture of a thriving musical and theatrical scene in early modern London....This collection constitutes a great contribution to the REED collections, enriching our understanding of the theatrical and musical culture of civic London outside the professional theatres before 1558."