Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The British Library's Renaissance Festival Books

Festival: Entry of Ernst, Archduke of Austria, into Antwerp (14 June, 1594)
Page details: Illustration View of the procession making its way through the countryside towards Antwerp. 

The British Library has digitized 253 Renaissance festival books (selected from over 2,000 in the BL's collection) that describe the magnificent festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700 - marriages and funerals of royalty and nobility, coronations, stately entries into cities and other grand events. The books are presented in their original languages, and include bindings, preliminary material, title pages and dedications. The texts are fully searchable using a wide range of search terms, covering such areas as participants (named in the titles of the books), places, topics, bibliographical details, and elements of the visual and performing arts.

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