In 1637, Heywood, a prolific author of plays, poetry, pageants, and pamphlets, collaborated with a group of sculptors to create the elaborate decorative carvings for the biggest, most expensive, and most heavily-armed ship ever built, Charles I's Sovereign of the seas . He also wrote this commentary
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Thomas Heywood (c. 1574-1641) was a prolific author of plays, poetry, pageants, and pamphlets. During the early 1630s, he collaborated with members of the Christmas family of tomb sculptors in producing a series of Lord Mayor's Day pageants. In 1637, the same artistic team created the elaborate decorative carvings for the biggest, most expensive, and most heavily-armed ship the world had ever seen, King Charles I's Sovereign of the Seas. Heywood had a hand in the decorative design and also wrote a commentary on the finished product. His A True Description of His Majesty's Royall Ship (1637) described the mythological, legendary, and allegorical subject-matter of the most prominent carvings and inscriptions. It also provided a descriptive chronicle of ships and navigators to serve as background to the portrait of the ship. The Sovereign of the Seas was an incredible architectural and engineering feat but also one of Charles I's greatest follies. Financed by the notorious "ship-money" tax, it indirectly contributed to the King's downfall a few years later. Heywood's A True Description has never before been republished. This new critical edition by Alan R. Young includes a detailed introduction, extensive textual and explanatory notes, and reproductions of the more important extant illustrations of the Sovereign of the Seas. The edition will be of particular value to those interested in Renaissance pageantry, sculpture, and iconography, and it will further demonstrate the remarkable qualities of Thomas Heywood. For those fascinated by the history of great ships, Heywood's little-known book will offer a unique account of a massive experiment in naval architecture by one closely involved.About the Author:
Alan R. Young is Professor Emeritus of Acadia University. He is a graduate of the University of Bristol, the University of East Africa, the University of East Anglia, and the University of Alberta. He began his teaching career as a Government Education Officer in Kenya and later taught English at Simon Fraser University, the University of Alberta, and Acadia University. He is Professor Emeritus of Acadia University. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Emblematica and has published extensively on the Renaissance emblem, Shakespeare, the tournament, and Atlantic Canadian Literature. His books that deal with emblematic topics include a facsimile edition of Henry Peacham's Emblemata Varia (1976),Henry Peacham (1979), Tudor and Jacobean Tournaments (1987), The English Tournament Imprese (1988), His Majesty's Royal Ship: A Critical Edition of Thomas Heywood's "A True Description" (1990), The Art of the Emblem: Essays in Honor of Karl Josef Höltgen (ed. with Michael Bath and John Manning) (1993), Emblematic Flag Devices of the English Civil Wars 1642-1660 (1995), and Henry Peacham's Manuscript Emblem Books (1998). He has long been interested in the application of computer technology to research in the humanities. Three of the books mentioned above - The English Tournament Imprese, Emblematic Flag Devices of the English Civil Wars, and Henry Peacham's Manuscript Emblem Books - were based upon computer databases that recorded information concerning collections of emblematic material. His most recent books - Hamlet and the Visual Arts, 1709-1900 (2002) and Punch and Shakespeare in the Victorian Era (2007) - also made use of extensive databases of visual materials compiled by the author. The database for Hamlet has been published separately as part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Shakespeare Electronic Archive.
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Descrizione libro AMS Press, 1990. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. xxxviii, 79p. Codice libro della libreria NGY14437