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Love and Conflict in Medieval Drama : The Plays and their Legacy - Lynette Muir

Love and Conflict in Medieval Drama

The Plays and their Legacy

Paperback Published: 19th August 2010
ISBN: 9780521153454
Number Of Pages: 312

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This book provides a detailed survey of the hundreds of non-biblical serious plays which survive from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries. The performers vary from civic groups and literary societies to courts and convents: mainly amateurs, but they left a legacy of stories that was drawn upon by the writers for the professional theatre companies of Elizabethan England, Golden Age Spain and the rich baroque theatre of France. Stories from the Golden Legend and collections of Marian miracles appear side by side with folk tales and traditional stories brought from the Middle East by merchants, pilgrims and other travellers. Muir considers what she terms the 'legacy' of these tales: when playwrights for the new public theatres such as Shakespeare and Lope de Vega retain the situations and settings of the older stories but transform them by the emphasis on psychology and the gradual disappearance of the religious element.

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations and short titles used in the text and notes
Introduction: staging the stories
War in Heaven: Saints and Sinners:
The noble army of martyrs
White martyrdom: the hermits
Soldiers of Christ: the Church militant
Miracles of Salvation:
Miraculous conversions of Jews (and a few pagans)
Sacrament plays
Your adversary the Devil: the sacred and the damned
Who sups with the Devil: the rash bargain
Conflicting Relationships: Love, Hate and Marriage:
Happily ever after: friends and lovers
Premarital problems
The falsely accused queen and other suffering wives
Domestic dramas
The wager
Hell hath no fury: the woman scorned
Family feuds
The theatre of cruelty
Le coeur mangé and other culinary surprises
Power, Politics and Patriotism:
The siege of Troy
The siege and destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70
Early Christian Europe: Constantine to the crusades
Christianity goes west
The worthy, the proud and the popular
Pride and the wheel of Fortune
Affairs of state
Patriots and popular heroes
Conclusion: from Queen of Heaven to Fairy Queen
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ISBN: 9780521153454
ISBN-10: 052115345X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 19th August 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.46