Professor Ronnie Mulryne, from the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the
University of Warwick, has been granted just over £144,000 by the UK's Arts and
Humanities Research Board to direct a team of UK, US and continental European
scholars to research and produce a representative collection of the best Festival Books
from the renaissance and after.
No more than a handful of these Festival Books have ever been republished in modem
form, and those few have concentrated mainly on Italy, France and Germany. Some of the
Festival books to be examined in the project include The Entry of the Princess of Orange
into Amsterdam (1660), The Coronation of Henry III as King of Poland (1574) and The
Funeral of Queen Ulrike Elenore of
Sweden (1693), This research will look particularly at royal and civic celebrations in
those parts of Europe, and the European colonies, that have been neglected up to now -
especially, the Netherlands, Poland, Lithuania, Genoa, Denmark, Sweden, and the New World.
Once the two volume book is complete the research team will continue their work with a
series of further research publications and conferences on the subject, and will maintain
an active network of academic researchers interested in this field. The European Science
Foundation has also just announced a further grant of 25,000 euros to fund the first such
conference in September 2000. This is a particular achievement as ESF funding is normally
reserved for science and social science based subjects.