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Martial Performance in Early Stuart London: Merchant-Soldiers and the Lord Mayor's Show

Martial Performance in Early Stuart London: Merchant-Soldiers and the Lord Mayor's Show
73 Queen's Park, Northrop Frye Hall room 205
Time: Feb 6th, 3:30 pm End: Feb 6th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Urban, Political Science, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Book History/Print Culture, 1500-1800
Lecture by David Lawrence, York University

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Friday Workshop Series presents:

David Lawrence, York University

Martial Performance in Early Stuart London: Merchant-Soldiers and the Lord Mayor's Show

In the period 1610-1642, over two thousand Londoners joined the ranks of the city's private military companies, the most renowned being the Honorable Artillery Company.  The membership was primarily bourgeois, with many of the capital's leading merchants actively involved in training and leading the company. Using the annual Lord Mayor's Shows as a model, this paper addresses the role public performance played in defining company members as true citizen-soldiers and able defenders of the commonwealth. I argue that these performances offer unique insight into the phenomenon of civic maritalism and reveal that 'moderne' military prowess strengthened the social, political, and economic status of company members.

David R. Lawrence is a Fellow of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies and teaches in the History Department of York University. He is the author of The Complete Soldier: Military Books and Military Culture in Early Stuart England, 1603-1645 (Brill 2009) and a number of articles on late 16th and early 17th century English martial culture. He is currently working on a monograph exploring merchants and civic militarism in early Stuart England.

This event is free and open to all.  Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at (416) 585-4468.

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