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Festival and the Renaissance and Early Modern court Festival and the Renaissance
and Early Modern court
The production and performance of festival The production and
performance of festival
Principal collections of festival books Principal collections of
festival books
Civic festivals Civic festivals The Renaissance and Early Modern festival book The Renaissance and Early Modern festival book    
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.

Principal 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.

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Festival and the Renaissance and Early Modern court
Civic festivals
The production and performance of festival
The Renaissance and Early Modern festival book
Principal collections of festival books