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This book presents a biography of the poetics and politics of London in 1613, from Whitehall to Guildhall, that is, Shakespeare's London. It examines major events at court, such as the untimely death of Prince Henry and its aftermath, and the extravagant wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Frederick of Germany and her journey to the Continent. The city flourished with scores of publications on a vast array of topics, including poetry, travel narratives, music, and, of course, plays. The book offers summaries and analyses of most of these texts, knowing that some of them may not be well-known to all readers. Many of these publications had a kind of link to the court. In order to understand the context of the year 1613, the book actually begins in October 1612 with Prince Henry's illness and death in November, which had a major impact on what happened in 1613. It proceeds more or less chronologically from this event to Princess Elizabeth's wedding and the stunning array of dramatic performances at court, and includes the journey to her new home in Germany. As part of the year's cultural nexus, the narrative reaches into the Guildhall experience to explore the riches of the books that emanated from London's printers and to examine specifically the drama performed or published in 1613. The final major focus centres on the Carr-Howard wedding at the year's end, full of cultural activities and ripe with political significance.

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What lovers want
Arlyn Diamond

prowess in battle to his generosity to minstrels to his hospitality to his own household, Degrevant is in fact a worthy custodian of his new family’s line. Their extravagant wedding, attended by Emperors, cardinals, the douze peers of France, the King of Portugal, et al., advances the message of the plot: men of wealth and gentility deserve access to the highest class, but only their own fiercest exertions will enable them to rise in a world where great magnates have the power to ride roughshod over such aspirations. Love does in the romance what royal authority was

in Pulp fictions of medieval England
Drama’s solace
David M. Bergeron

minor prince and insufficiently powerful for her daughter; further, Anne truly desired a Catholic prince for Elizabeth. Eventually Anne would come round, accepting Frederick, at least on some level. The Scots had also hoped that Elizabeth would marry one of their nobles, especially in light of Henry’s death. But after 27 December, only the official extravagant wedding ceremony remained to secure the

in Shakespeare’s London 1613
Anne Woolley

sweet body fit for life, / And love, and pleasure, and the ruddy strife / Of hearts and lips! Ah, miserable me!’ (I:38–41). Lamia is alone in setting the narrative in a peopled context, suggesting a need for company that Siddal’s characters do not share; even in The Eve of St Agnes the revellers are kept at a distance from the main protagonists. By contrast the streets of Corinth are teeming with life (I:350–61) and the extravagant wedding feast with its ‘herd’ of guests (II:150) is richly described. The Corinthian setting and the focus on Lamia herself within it

in The poems of Elizabeth Siddal in context