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Announcement of REED: Wales
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1751  Monday, 17 October 2005

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Date: 		Sunday, 16 Oct 2005 19:44:46 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 	Announcement of REED: Wales

REED is pleased to announce the publication of the latest volume in the 
series.  Data relating to the patrons and performance events of 
patronized entertainers in Wales has been simultaneously uploaded on the 
Patrons and Performances Web Site (http://link.library.utoronto.ca/reed/).

We encourage SHAKSPER subscribers to order copies for their 
institutional or personal libraries.

The following description comes from the University of Toronto Press, 
co-publisher with The British Library:

Wales
Edited by David N. Klausner. 707 pp.

The Records of Early English Drama (REED) series aims to establish the 
context for the great drama of Britain's past by examining material 
related to drama, secular music, and other communal entertainment and 
ceremony from the Middle Ages until the mid-seventeenth century.

This latest volume in the series is a collection of documentary evidence 
for dramatic performance, minstrelsy, and civic ceremony in the 
Principality of Wales from the mid-fifth century to 1660. Editor David 
N. Klausner has included documents relevant to the explicitly Welsh mode 
of bardic performance as well as evidence of the bardic profession's 
efforts to regulate itself with a grading system and standards for 
education and training. Municipal records show payments to civic 
musicians and other performers, and records of the courts in particular 
- Star Chamber, Great Sessions, and Quarter Sessions - clarify the 
existence of local drama on both a professional and non-professional 
basis, in both Welsh and English, from at least the beginning of the 
sixteenth century.

This volume is a superb addition to the already much-admired REED series 
and will be of great benefit to anyone interested in Renaissance theatre 
or Welsh history and culture.

David N. Klausner is a professor in the Department of English and the 
Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

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