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Festivals Lecture original


Festival Books: their status, purpose, and value.

Using the British Library’s new digitalized resource, this talk will explore the contribution that Festivals made to the development of the arts in Early Modern Europe. They will be set in their social and political contexts, thus offering the possibility of studying chief performers, patrons and audience. Through the common language of symbolism used by creators of Festivals, the books that record their hopes and intentions will be shown not only to reveal the evolution of taste and modes of thought, but also to expose their limitations as authentic accounts of what actually happened. Their purpose remains ambiguous. A focus on some French examples will illustrate the major trends.

Professor Margaret M.McGowan CBE FBA

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