It is in the reign of Henry VIII that we first hear of the ‘masque’ – entertainment that drew from Mummers, Mystery plays, and ‘disguisings’. We talk about Anne and Mary Boleyn’s education – and Shakespeare and the word ‘bump’
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If you’d like to find out more about the masque, there’s a brief history here: http://www.mith.umd.edu/comus/cegenre.htm.; Also, there are a coupl;e of Youi Tube clips you might like to see.
This second on is the music…since the Historic Royal Palaces could obviously only afford one pipe!