The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2264  Monday, 1 October 2001

From:           Briggs John <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 1 Oct 2001 10:07:16 +0100
Subject:        Gary Taylor and The Court Historian

Fans of Gary Taylor might not have expected to look in the latest issue
of The Court Historian (ISSN 1462-9712), vol. 6, no. 1 (May 2001), pp
1-27, for his article "Thomas Middleton, 'The Nice Valour' and the Court
of James I".

If I were forced to summarise the article, I would say that Taylor
discusses court personalities and contemporary events (and the 1621
edition of Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy) in support of a late-1622
dating of the play.

The other articles in the issue are:

"A Courtly Art: the History of 'Haute Ecole" in England" by Giles
Worsley, pp 29-47.

This deals with the renaissance art of horsemanship, or manege.  There
are references to Henry VIII, 5.3, 21-24, and to Venus and Adonis.

" 'Forbear the Heat and Haste of Building': Rivalries among the
designers at Prince Henry's court, 1610-12" by Timothy Wilks, pp 49-65.

Inigo Jones is a featured player, with walk-on parts for two Jacobean
court masques.

The Court Historian is published three times a year (a trifle tardily:
the May issue was actually published at the end of September) by the
Society for Court Studies.  This is an interdisciplinary society which
brings together all those interested in the history of courts (Royal,
Princely, Papal and Episcopal, also Republican!), not just social and
political historians, but also architectural historians and
musicologists, historians of drama and of the fine and decorative arts.
It is a voluntary society and, alas, enjoys no patronage.  Curiously, it
has a president (Dr David Starkey) and there is, inevitably, a website:

John Briggs

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