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Popular Theatre and the Court in Sixteenth-Century France

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Abstract:

Examines the history of court theater in France in the first half of the 16th century, with particular reference to the popular theater and royal reaction to it, and to court theatricals. Abbeys of Misrule, or sociétés joyeuses, groups that performed jurisdictional and festive duties, were found all over France, and abbeys such as the Basoche and the Enfants-sans-Souci presented popular drama that satirized the court. Authorities reacted by trying to silence the actors. The king's defeat in 1525 plunged France into crisis, while at the same time there was popular concern over the growth of

Keywords: Court Life; France; Monarchy; Theater (popular)

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1477-4658.00184

Publication date: December 1, 1995

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