The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1751 Monday, 17 October 2005
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:
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
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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