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Abstract

The Lord Mayor's Show – a lavish entertainment organised yearly to celebrate the oath of the new mayor – became a key event in London civic life between the 1580s and the late 1630s, involving such authors as Thomas Middleton, Thomas Heywood, Anthony Munday, John Webster and Thomas Dekker. This essay provides a survey of the most important literature concerning the early modern Lord Mayor's Shows, their historical development as a dramatic form, their ceremonial role, their textual dimension and their symbolic representation of London's political life.