Early Modern Diplomacy, Theatre and Soft Power

The Making of Peace

  • Nathalie Rivère de Carles

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. From Truce to Negotiated Peace: The Temporal Diplomacies of a Literature of Appeasement

  3. A Very Political Peacemaker: The Stage Ambassador Between Diplomatic Tactics and Political Strategies

  4. Conciliatory Networks as Soft Power: A Dynamic Diplomacy of Cross-Confessional Appeasement

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 221-239

About this book


This book explores the secret relations between theatre and diplomacy from the Tudors to the Treaty of Westphalia. It offers an original insight into the art of diplomacy in the 1580-1655 period through the prism of literature, theatre and material history.

Contributors investigate English, Italian and German plays of Renaissance theoretical texts on diplomacy, lifting the veil on the intimate relations between ambassadors and the artistic world and on theatre as an unexpected instrument of 'soft power'. The volume offers new approaches to understanding Early Modern diplomacy, which was a source of inspiration for Renaissance drama for Shakespeare and his European contemporaries, and contributed to fashion the aesthetic and the political ideas and practice of the Renaissance. 


Shakespeare Renaissance art Geopolitics Early Modern drama European drama

Editors and affiliations

  • Nathalie Rivère de Carles
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ToulouseJean-JaurèsFrance

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