Pageantry

Authored by: Kelley Harness

The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture

Print publication date:  September  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415629256
eBook ISBN: 9780203629987
Adobe ISBN: 9781135956462

10.4324/9780203629987.ch36

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Abstract

Thus the personification of the fourteenth-century poet John Gower encourages audiences to imagine the festivities with which Lysimachus, governor of Mytilene, welcomes Pericles, his king and future father-in-law. Audience members need only recollect the play's earlier scenes to find ample models of the sorts of festivities to which Gower alludes. Examples of pageantry fill this play of c. 1607, from the stage directions calling for music to accompany the arrival of Antiochus's daughter in scene 1, to the elaborate procession of knights in scene 6 in anticipation of an offstage tournament.

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