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date: 16 October 2019

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Masques and revels at the Inns of Court were public ritual occasions in which the termers could symbolically display the values of law and liberty with which they identified, as well as stage the aspirations and tensions experienced by their profession. Sometimes (as with The Triumph of Peace, 1634) these masques involved implied critique of the legality of royal policies. More often (as with masques danced during the period when Sir Francis Bacon was pre-eminent), they dramatized the on-going rapport between the Crown and its lawyers, underlining the obligations on both sides to pursue the values of trust and mutual respect.

Keywords: masque, revels, Inns of Court, Gesta Grayorum, Francis Bacon, James Shirley

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