nine Can we find her there, among the burghers of early modern
Norwich? She who was the supposed daughter of Uranus and of
Gaia, the Titaness Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory? Yes: in fact I
think that it is possible to identify nine not entirely distinct manifestations of both retrospective and prospective civic memory in early
modern Norwich. This involved:
The Construction of
Civic Memory in
Early Modern Norwich
|1. ||The creation of a distinctly urban memory among the numerous
migrants to the city.|
|2. ||What we may describe as the cultivation of the corporate lineage,
and its further appropriation by individual families within the city
who could not, as contemporary mores required, reach back into
the past genealogically or often produce the offspring to enable
them to reach forward into the future.|
|3. ||Closely related to manifestations of the civic lineage was the use
of the civic regalia, its augmentation and its display as an instrument of both legitimization and constraint.|
|4. ||There is the civic portrait collection: both its inception in this period
and the iconography of the portraits.|
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Book title: Material Memories.
Contributors: Marius Kwint - Editor, Christopher Breward - Editor, Jeremy Aynsley - Editor.
Place of publication: Oxford, England.
Publication year: 1999.
Page number: 183.
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