The Multiple Meanings of Troy in Early Modern London's Mayoral Show

Robinson, Philip
October 2011
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2011, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p221
Academic Journal
This article analyses the use of the figure of 'Troynovant' in seventeenth-century London's mayoral pageants. The connection made in the pageants between the ancient city of Troy and London-as-New-Troy extended well into the century, and stood in apparent defiance of prevailing historiography. In the present paper I argue that the image is knowingly used as a stand-in, drawing attention to areas of civic discourse which might not be overtly stated within the context of the mayoral pageant itself. As one of early modern London's most popular and most public entertainments, the mayoral pageants' depiction of the city rewards investigation.


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