‘Venite Adoramus’: Richard III, York Motets and Pageantry, and the Liturgy of Sovereignty

Presented by Juliet Wilkins

Ph.D. Student, English Literature, ASU

Eventbrite - ‘Venite Adoramus’: Richard III and the Liturgy of Sovereignty

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 1:00pm
Coor Hall, Room 4403
ASU Tempe Campus
Free and open to the public

The Body of Christ: Corpus Christi. For over a century, the people of Medieval York celebrated the (lately instituted) Church festival with an elaborate series of plays that would often set the guilds against one another as they competed for the attention of the civic leaders and the opportunity to show off their wares. The Body of Christ: The Church Universal. The plays withstood both changes in government and the Reformation only to be abandoned thanks to changing economic circumstances and their dangerous Marian iconography. The Body of Christ: The King's Body. Increasingly, the York Corpus Christi plays became associated with the ceremony accompanying royal entries, as York prepared to receive her king. The play is occupied a pivotal role in shaping the city's often problematic political sentiments. Uncovering the many Bodies of Christ in York's Corpus Christi cycle helps illuminate the tangled intersection of religion, politics, liturgy, and ceremony in Early Modern England.