By Kevin Curran

Marriage, functionality, and Politics on the Jacobean court docket constitutes the 1st full-length learn of Jacobean nuptial functionality, a hitherto unexplored department of early smooth theater which include masques and entertainments played for high-profile weddings. Scripted through such writers as Ben Jonson, Thomas Campion, George Chapman, and Francis Beaumont, those entertainments have been fixed for the most major political occasions of James's English reign. the following Kevin Curran analyzes all six of the elite weddings celebrated on the Jacobean court docket, analyzing the masques and entertainments that headlined those occasions along contemporaneously produced panegyrics, pageant books, sermons, parliamentary speeches, and different resources. The learn exhibits how, jointly, marriage ceremony entertainments became the assumption of union right into a politically flexible class of nationwide illustration and provided new methods of imagining a particularly Jacobean type of nationwide identification by way of doing so.

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