This comprehensive anthology brings together a diverse collection of dramatic writing from the late fourteenth century to the onset of the Renaissance. The volume presents for the first time the key plays of the period in their entirety, alongside more unusual selections, covering religious narrative, religion and conscience, and politics and morality. <br><p>The first section focuses on Biblical plays, including coherent sequences of the narrative Cycle plays from York and N-Town and supporting pageants from Chester and Wakefield. This approach allows a clear narrative line to develop, and permits the comparison of the treatment of key stories between the Cycles. The selected material demonstrates how the drama of the towns and cities of East Anglia and the North of England mediated religious culture to a heterodox urban audience, and explored biblical events in an intensely contemporary setting. <br><p>In the second and third sections, the attention turns to secular drama, and the Moral Plays and Interludes. The featured texts illustrate the range of themes and issues covered, from the salvation of the individual human soul to the renovation of the political nation, and the variety of settings and audiences for which the plays were designed. The flexibility of the Interlude form is explored, as are the ways in which it was utilised by playwrights and their patrons to address issues of direct political and social concern to them and their audiences. <br><p><i>Medieval Drama: An Anthology</i> is an indispensable guide to the breadth and depth of dramatic activity in medieval Britain.
"Walker offers a thoroughly researched and well-chosen selection of
key primary texts and some unusual plays. He also provides short
but comprehensive introductions that will be easily accessible to
beginning students." Choice
"A marvellous collection of dramatic texts from the late
fourteenth century to the beginnings of the Renaissance in the
In this remarkably comprehensive collection we have the entire
texts of the key plays of the period, including some less usual
A few period illustrations, maps and a street plan help set the
scene. The whole exemplary apparatus is worn lightly, all helping
to encourage reading and acting. Glossaries of terms and notes sit
unobtrusively at the foot of the page, immediately available to
help the reader.
He [Walker] specifically arranges his anthology to allow, and
encourage, the plays to speak for themselves: wide-ranging
selection, concise informative introduction to each work, notes and
In a single volume a whole range of rich literature is made
accessible to the modern reader in what must be just about the star
volume in an anyway excellent series. This book will be essential
in any undergraduate or senior school collection of English
literature, or of drama, and will enhance may other collections
besides". Reference Reviews
Map of Britain.
Part I: Religious Narrative: The Biblical Plays:.
2. Map of the City of York.
3. The York Ordo Paginarum.
4. York (The Barkers), The Fall of the Angels.
5. Chester (The Tanners), The Fall of Lucifer.
6. York (The Coopers), The Fall of Man.
7. Chester (The Drapers), Adam and Eve.
8. York (The Pewterers and Founders), Joseph's Trouble About
9. York (The Tilethatchers), The Nativity.
10. Towneley, The Second Shepherds' Play.
11. Chester (The Paynters and Glaziers), The Shepherds.
12. York (The Skinners), The Entry into Jerusalem.
13. York (The Cuttlers), The Conspiracy.
14. York (The Bowers and Fletchers), Christ Before Annas and
15. York (The Tapiters and Couchers), Christ Before Pilate I:
The Dream of Pilate's Wife.
16. York (The Litsters), Christ Before Herod.
17. York (The Tilemakers), Christ Before Pilate II: The
18. York (The Pinners), The Crucifixion.
19. York (The Saddlers), The Harrowing of Hell.
20. York (The Carpenters), The Resurrection.
21. York, The Mercers' Indenture (1433).
22. York (The Mercers), The Last Judgement.
23. N-Town, The Mary Play.
24. The Treatise of Miraclis Pleyinge (extracts).
Chester, The Post-Reformation Banns.
Matthew Hutton's Letter to the Mayor and Council of York
Part II: Religion and Conscience: The Moral Plays:.
26. Croxton, The Play of the Sacrament.
Part III: Politics and Morality: The Interludes:.
31. Henry Medwall, Fulgens and Lucres.
32. John Skelton, Magnificence.
33. Godly Queene Hester.
34. John Heywood, The Four PP.
35. John Heywood, The Play of the Weather.
36. John Bale, John Baptystes Preachynge.
37. John Bale, The Three Laws.
38. Sir David Lindsay, Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis:.
39. The Description of the 1540 Interlude.
40. The Thrie Estaitis (The 1552-54 text).
Glossary of Common Hard Words.