Early Social Performance

This series publishes monographs, themed collections of essays, and editions relating to performance in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period that includes, but is not confined to, drama, visual art, music, and dance. It addresses those areas of social performance which slip down the conventional disciplinary cracks, such as processions, tournaments, proclamations, and other courtly, civic, and rural ritual practices. It also considers treatments of, for instance, clothing, poetry, architecture, sport, story-telling, and any other human social activity which can be construed as performative.

Geographical Scope


Chronological Scope

ca. 300-1700 CE


visual art – performative aspects; music; dance; processions, tournaments, proclamations, courtly, civic, and rural ritual practices; clothing; sport; story-telling and poetry as performance; architecture and performativity

Titles Published

Available as hardback and PDF ebook and, in some cases, as Open Access and in paperback. Click on heading above for current list.

Editorial Contact

Series Editors

Andrew Kirkman

Prof. Kirkman works on sacred music of the fifteenth century music, which I also direct with my professional vocal ensemble, The Binchois Consort. I teach on a wide range of topics from medieval to popular music and have also had a busy career as a freelance professional violinist..


Information drawn from: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/music/kirkman-andrew.aspx

Elizabeth L'Estrange

Dr L’Estrange’s teaching and research focuses on the art and culture of the late medieval and early modern period, especially illuminated manuscripts and book culture, and French and Burgundian court art. Within these areas, she works specifically on women as subjects and consumers of visual cultures, text-image relations, and the querelle des femmes. Her research addresses, for instance, questions of maternity, power, gender, and identity in relation to women’s patronage in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. The approaches she employs engage with contemporary gender studies and explore their application to the medieval and early modern periods.


Information drawn from: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/historyofart/lestrange-elizabeth.aspx

Elisabeth Dutton

Prof. Dutton works on the performance of early drama, particularly in institutions including colleges and convents; she has published on medieval devotional compilations and Julian of Norwich, too. She also engages with questions of translation and adaptation of early drama, from multilingual Shakespeare to the ’South African Mysteries’ of theatre company Isango.

More information: https://unifr.academia.edu/ElisabethDutton

Advisory Board

The Series Editorial Board comprises the two Series Editors and Prof. King, and they are supported by the specific expertise offered by members of the Advisory Board in their particular fields.