[Sca-cooks] Mumming/Theatricals at feasts

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Thu Jan 18 11:52:59 PST 2007

On Jan 18, 2007, at 2:17 PM, Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise wrote:

> A couple of years ago, I believe there may have been some  
> discussion on
> the lists about documentation for Theatrical presentations and/or
> mummings during feasts.
> Turns out Roy Strong's book _Feast: A history of Grand Eating_ has  
> some
> descriptions of 15th and 16th century feast mummings and spectacles,
> especially from pages 123-125, but other descriptions are scattered
> throughout the book. These include music, dancing, what we would call
> 'opera' type presentations, a staging of the siege of Jerusalem, and
> mimed theatricals.

There may be a smattering of info on this in Nichola Fletcher's  
"Charlemagne's Tablecloth", too. I've got a copy here that I haven't  
yet read, but it alleges to cover much the same ground...


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"Confessions", 1782

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