Book — xxiv, 322 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Astrology, Almanacs, and the Early Modern English Calendar is a handbook designed to help modern readers unlock the vast cultural, religious, and scientific material contained in early modern calendars and almanacs. It outlines the basic cosmological, astrological, and medical theories that undergirded calendars; traces the medieval evolution of the calendar into its early modern format against the background of the English Reformation; and presents a history of the English almanac in the context of the rise of the printing industry in England. The book includes a primer on deciphering early modern printed almanacs, as well as an illustrated guide to the rich visual and verbal iconography of seasons, months, and days of the week, gathered from material culture, farming manuals, almanacs, and continental prints. As a practical guide to English calendars and the social, mathematical, and scientific practices that inform them, Astrology, Almanacs, and the Early Modern English Calendar is an indispensable tool for historians, cultural critics, and literary scholars working with the primary material of the period, especially those with interests in astrology, popular science, popular print, the book as material artifact, and the history of time-reckoning"-- Provided by publisher
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Book — xii, 267 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Part I. Religion and Revelry: Introduction
1. 'The reliques and rages of Popish superstition'
2. 'A calendar! A calendar!': festive nostalgia and calendrical reform
Part II. Shakespeare's Festive World: 3. Pastimes and pastoral: As You Like It
4. Falstaff in Illyria: the second Henriad and Twelfth Night
5. Singing Psalms to hornpipes: festivity and iconoclasm in The Winter's Tale
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Religion and Revelry examines the relationship between traditional festive pastimes - such as Midsummer pageants and morris dancing - and Shakespeare's plays. Beginning with C. L. Barber's Shakespeare's Festive Comedy, work on this topic has stressed the political and social meanings of early modern festivity; in contrast, this study seeks to restore a sense of the devotional issues surrounding festivity to our understanding of early modern cultural representations. After establishing the continued religious controversies surrounding festivity expressed in a range of early modern literature, the book argues that Shakespeare is a festive traditionalist who not only acknowledges the relationship between traditional pastimes, stage plays, and religious controversy, but who also aligns his own work with festive energies identified with the old religion. Religion and Revelry therefore intervenes in recent controversies over the role of religion in Shakespeare's theater, as well as the particular place of Catholicism in Shakespeare's work and world. (source: Nielsen Book Data)