Living Machines in the Early Stuart Court
Abstract. This short paper is in response to Lily Filson‟s essay in this collection. It engages with the insertion of automata into a higher environmental sphere, with a distinct view on their embodiment and „macrocosmic‟ features. Such an approach emphasizes the relation between pneumatic technology and courtly power; finally, the essay also reflects on epistolary reports as a way to store social performance.
Keywords: English masque, Cornelis Drebbel, embodiment, Stuart court