The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1932  Thursday, 12 October 2000.

From:           Alan Somerset <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 11 Oct 2000 11:20:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Publication of REED: Sussex

I hope that the following message will be of interest to many members of

Alan Somerset
University of Western Ontario


Edited by Cameron Louis

514 pp / October 2000


University of Toronto Press: ISBN 0-8020-4849-8  $150.00   (North

Brepols Publishers: ISBN  2-503-50905-3 138 Euros (Europe)

Sussex is a complete edition of primary sources concerning dramatic and
musical performance in the county of Sussex from the Middle Ages until
the time of Oliver Cromwell.  As with all Records of Early English Drama
(REED) volumes, Sussex contains introductory material situating the
primary sources in context, as well as the primary sources themselves.
Documenting the performance of drama and music in the county of Sussex
up to 1642, this volume includes an extensive introduction, explanatory
notes, glossaries, translations, and indexes.

Although many of the civic records of Sussex have not survived, an
impressive set of documents from the important Port of Rye dating back
to the late Middle Ages still exists. The records from Rye reveal a
period of intensive dramatic activity by local and visiting players,
resulting in abrupt termination when hostile religious factions gained
control of the town government. We also have some records that reveal
musical and dramatic performance in heavily populated locations like
Chichester and Lewes.

Other records such as parish accounts and ecclesiastical court
proceedings show performance and folk rituals in both small and large
settlements, including a detailed account of a Robin Hood play, an
another of a cowlstaff riding.  The book also includes records of
performance at the religious houses of Battle and Robertsbridge, and the
printed accounts of the entertainment of Queen Elizabeth at Cowdray
House.  This ambitious text complements the previous REED volumes and
helps complete the picture of performance in the areas outside of London
and in the Southern counties.  Geographical and historical sketches of
the county are included, with particular emphasis on landscape, economic
development, major settlements, administrative structure, religious
conflicts, networks of nobility and gentry, religious houses, and
transportation infrastructure.  Professor Louis also visits the subject
of travelling players and performance spaces, as well as folk customs.
The records themselves are transcribed and edited, with accompanying
explanatory notes.

Cameron Louis is Professor of English at the University of Regina.

To order please contact:

University of Toronto Press
Order Department
5201 Dufferin Street
North York, Ontario M3H 5T8

Tel: 1-800-565-9523
FAX: 1-800-221-9985

Outside of North America:

Brepols Publishers
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B-2300 Turnhout

Tel: +32 (14) 402 525
FAX: +32 (14) 428 919

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