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As a subgenre of early modern parades, pageants, and processions, the masquerade was primarily a phenomenon of courtly festival culture. It did not form part of municipal or ecclesiastical processions, in which, although there was festival decoration and architecture and although costumed performers acted out allegorical scenes, the performers themselves were not masked. In masquerades, they adopted their roles by donning a mask. Masquerades were rarel…

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Wade, Mara R., “Masquerade”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023752>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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