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London and The Hague, 1638: Performing quacks at court

Katritzky, M. A. (2020). London and The Hague, 1638: Performing quacks at court. In: Katritzky, M. A. and Drábek, Pavel eds. Transnational Connections in Early Modern Theatre. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 114–138.

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Abstract

The final tournament entry of a court festival of February 1638 at The Hague: “The knights of the dromedary and alchemists,” features actual farces and plays performed by a genuine troupe of street charlatans, and noblemen disguised as named healers. Drawing on English and Dutch images, and influences from London and European court festival, the Parisian stage, Spanish literature, and Italian commedia dell’arte, many previously disregarded in this context, this article considers the itinerant charlatan, quack or street healer as a theme in early modern court festival, with particular reference to the six named quacks of the 1638 tournament entry.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2020 The Author
ISBN: 1-5261-3917-0, 978-1-5261-3917-7
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: History of Books and Reading (HOBAR)
Gender and Otherness in the Humanities (GOTH)
Item ID: 69121
Depositing User: M. A. Katritzky
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2020 08:44
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2020 20:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/69121
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