The Progresses, Processions, and Royal Entries of King Charles I, 1625-1642

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2020-03-11

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Oxford University Press

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Yes

Abstract

The Progresses, Processions, and Royal Entries of King Charles I, 1625-1642 is the first book-length study of the history, and the political and cultural significance, of the progresses, public processions, and royal entries of Charles I. As well as offering a much fuller account of the king’s progresses and progress entertainments than currently exists, this study throws new light on one of the most vexed topics in early Stuart historiography—the question of Charles I’s accessibility to his subjects and their concerns, and the part that this may, or may not, have played in the conflicts which culminated in the English civil wars and Charles’s overthrow. Drawing on extensive archival research, the book opens with an introduction to the early modern culture of royal progresses and public ceremonial as inherited and practiced by Charles I. Part I explores the question of the king’s accessibility and engagement with his subjects further through case studies of Charles’s ‘great’ progresses in 1633, 1634, and 1636. Part II turns attention to royal public ceremonial culture in Caroline London, focusing on Charles’s royal entry on 25 November 1641. More widely travelled than his ancestors, Progresses reveals a monarch who was only too well aware of the value of public ceremonial and who did not eschew it, even if he was not always willing to engage in ceremonial dialogue with his people or able to deploy the power of public display to curry support for his policies as successfully as his Tudor and Stuart predecessors.

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I received a small Scouloudi Historical Award (2018) to support some of the archival research for the book.

Keywords

Charles I, royal progresses, royal processions, royal entries, progress entertainments, English civil wars, accessibility

Citation

Keenan, S. (2020) The Progresses, Processions, and Royal Entries of King Charles I, 1625-1642. Oxford: Oxford University Press

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Institute of English