Gentlemen and Spectators: Studies in Journals, Opera and the Social Scene in Late Stuart London

Henrik Knif attempts to outline ways in which the English elite encourage Italian opera as a suitable answer to its urge to express a cultural as well as a social distinctiveness. The clash between the manners and ideologies of a courtly cosmopolitanism and the opinions of those who held to a more civic, and patriotic, persuation forms a recurrent theme in this collection of studies.