minstrel: FW: Records of Early Drama: Wales (fwd)

Pat Yarrow yarrowp at mscd.edu
Tue Nov 15 09:29:16 PST 2005

Possibly of interest - Vivien

The University of Toronto Press and Records of Early English Drama are
happy to announce the publication of _Records of Early Drama: Wales_
Edited by David N. Klausner. 707 pp.
	The Records of Early English Drama (REED) series aims to establish
the context for the great drama of Britain's past by examining material
related to drama, secular music, and other communal entertainment and
ceremony from the Middle Ages until the mid-seventeenth century.
	This latest volume in the series is a collection of documentary
evidence for dramatic performance, minstrelsy, and civic ceremony in the
Principality of Wales from the mid-fifth century to 1660. Editor David
Klausner has included documents relevant to the explicitly Welsh mode of
bardic performance as well as evidence of the bardic profession's efforts
to regulate itself with a grading system and standards for education and
training. Municipal records show payments to civic musicians and other
performers, and records of the courts in particular - Star Chamber, Great
Sessions, and Quarter Sessions - clarify the existence of local drama on
both a professional and non-professional basis, in both Welsh and English,
from at least the beginning of the sixteenth century.
	This volume will be of great benefit to anyone interested in
Renaissance theatre or Welsh history, music, and culture.

David N. Klausner is a professor in the Department of English and the
Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

Published by the University of Toronto Press and The British Library.

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