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22 June 2013 @ 12:49 am
history is being mean to me. as usual.  
These are the stupid problems I find myself having: so, dancing masters, right? I read about them reasonably frequently in books on Stuart and Restoration England, coming to people's houses. But I haven't found any such references or statements in my Tudor/Elizabethan books. Is this just an oversight? Or did hiring a dancing master for your children not take off until later in the early modern period? In which case, how did people learn complicated dances?
Gileonnengileonnen on June 22nd, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
I find dancing masters and riding masters all through eighteenth-century literature, which seems to suggest that it was an entrenched cultural fixture by then? (It's also possible, though, that they're easier to find as a result of the rising middle class--and with it aspirational nobility--and the increasing professionalization of the trainers of the 'noble arts'? Which meant that people were just plain advertising themselves as such more often, since there was a market? Which led to an increased codification and cultural availability of the terms?)

... can you tell from the question marks that this is all highly speculative?
tempestsarekind: no party like a tudor partytempestsarekind on June 22nd, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
Hee - speculate away! I have no answer; I was just curious as to whether this trend was present at all during the Tudor period, even if it hadn't really taken off yet. I suspect your speculation is probably right, anyway. :)
Valancy: OhMyGoshvalancy_s on June 30th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Ugh, don't get me started on the impossibility of researching "masters." I've tried every isolating search technique I could think of but the word is a vicious beast!
tempestsarekind: don't get clever in latin! [donna]tempestsarekind on June 30th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
It really is, isn't it? And that's without the possibility that the term itself might not have been in use at the time, anyway!