Festival and the Renaissance and Early Modern court describes how festivals came to occupy a central role in legitimising a prince’s power, both at home and abroad.
For an introduction to the importance of the festivals produced by cities and city-states, see Civic festivals.
Most Early Modern festivals were elaborate and expensive. The production and performance of festival discusses the practical aspects of these spectacles.
But what do festival books have to do with festivals? For a discussion of their function, see The Renaissance and Early Modern festival book.
collections of festival books describes the British Library's
and other important collections, suggests other resources for research,
and gives an overview of the project and how the website can be
used for detailed research.