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"Your name shall live / In the new yeare as in the age of gold": Sir Thomas Salusbury’s "Twelfth Night Masque, Performed at Knowsley Hall in 1641" and its Contexts

Bailey, RA "Your name shall live / In the new yeare as in the age of gold": Sir Thomas Salusbury’s "Twelfth Night Masque, Performed at Knowsley Hall in 1641" and its Contexts. Shakespeare Bulletin: a journal of performance, criticism, and scholarship, 38 (3). ISSN 0748-2558 (Accepted)

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Abstract

On Twelfth Night, 1641, James, Lord Strange, and his wife, Charlotte de le Tremouille, hosted a masque at Knowsley Hall written by their kinsman, Sir Thomas Salusbury. This is the only extant dramatic entertainment to survive from Knowsley and, with Lord Strange’s children, Charles and Henrietta Maria, performing masquing roles it offers a rare glimpse into an intimate Derby family occasion. As this paper seeks to explore, with England teetering towards Civil War, this masque also allows us an intrinsic insight into Lord Strange’s self-fashioning at a moment of acute political anxiety. For the masquers invited to perform alongside Lord Strange’s children were prominent figures from the leading families of Lancashire, Cheshire and North Wales who did not all agree with Lord Strange’s political and religious viewpoints. Just as the court masques held at Whitehall aimed to promote the King’s values and bind the court together so, in this ‘Twelfth Night Masque’, Thomas Salusbury deftly foregrounds Lord Stanley’s viewpoint - satirising the religious debates which were rocking the country to create a charming, if ultimately elusive, vision of concord and harmony within the Edenic or golden world of Knowsley Hall.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media, 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs > GT500 Costume. Dress. Fashion
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2020 09:09
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2020 09:15
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13567

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