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- Created 2012-04-05
was a form of festive
that flourished in 16th- and early 17th-century Europe, though it was developed earlier in
, in forms including the
(a public version of the masque was the
). A masque involved music and dancing, singing and acting, within an elaborate
, in which the architectural framing and costumes might be designed by a renowned architect, to present a deferential allegory flattering to the patron. Professional actors and musicians were hired for the speaking and singing parts. Often, the masquers who did not speak or sing were courtiers:
King James I
Anne of Denmark
, frequently danced with her ladies in masques between 1603 and 1611, and
performed in the masques at their courts. In the tradition of masque,
with music by
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"The Society of the English Masque"
Masque of Anarchy, A Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Elizabethan Authors: Thomas Nash, ''Summer's Last Will and Testament''
"The Masque at Ashby"
''Cambridge History of English and American Literature'':
"The Elizabethan origins of the masque"
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