Anthony Munday and civic culture

Theatre, history and power in early modern London 1580-1633

By Tracey Hill

Anthony Munday and civic culture


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6383-1
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: January 2012
  • BIC Category: Literature, Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literary studies: general, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare, The arts / Theatre studies, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Early Modern Literature


Anthony Munday and civic culture is a full-scale study of a fascinating but hitherto neglected author set in the context of the city where he was born, lived and worked. Munday was a contemporary of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Dekker, amongst others. As a playwright, prose writer, translator, poet, pageant-maker and pamphleteer he was active in all the major literary genres of his day.

Now in paperback this study of his diverse works throws fresh light on our understanding of this significant period. A wide range of Munday's texts are explored in depth, including plays, original prose works, translations, Lord Mayor's Shows, and his editions of John Stow's 'Survey of London'. Hill employs an interdisciplinary methodology drawing on history, biography, literary criticism and topography. She explores historical sources as well as literary texts and the book will appeal to students and scholars of both early modern literature and history as well as to cultural geographers.


List of figures
Introduction:'London's offspring, though the meanest'
1.'Are ye a dweller in this city, pray?': Munday's London milieu
2.'I purposed nothing, but found it to my profit':The writer in the marketplace
3.'I must needes be derided':Munday and his contemporaries
4.'Plaiers can not be better compared than to the camelion':Munday and the theatre
5.'The Mother of authenticke memory':Munday and civic history


Tracey Hill is Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader in English at Bath Spa University College

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