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The Medieval Theatre - Glynne Wickham

The Medieval Theatre

Paperback Published: 7th September 1987
ISBN: 9780521312486
Number Of Pages: 304

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This is a thoroughly revised edition of Glynne Wickham's important history of the development of dramatic art in Christian Europe. Professor Wickham surveys the foundations on which this dramatic art was built: the architecture, costumes and ceremonial of the imperial court at Byzantium, the liturgies of countires in the Eastern and Western Empires and the triumph of the Roman rite and the Romanesque style in Western art. Within this context Professor Wickham describes three major influences upon the drama: religion, recreation and commerce. The first produced the liturgical music drama rooted in praise of Christ the King, vernacular Corpus Christi drama, Saint Plays and Moralities centred on the humanity of Christ. The second gave rise to the secular theatres of social recreation based on the games and dances of village communities ad the more sophisticated sex and war games of the nobility. The section on commerce shows how the development of the drama was intimately related to questions of funding and management which led, during the sixteenth century, to the substitution of a professional for an amateur theatre, and to a growing emphasis on stage spectacle. For this third edition the author has added a substantial section on monastic reform and its effect on Biblical translation and the use of allegory; a final chapter charts the transition in different European countries from this medieval Gothic theatre to the neoclassical methods of play construction and representation which flourished for the next two hundred years. The book gorges a coherent pattern through a very large and complicated subject. It is an excellent introduction to medieval theatre for undergraduates and to the growing number of theatregoers who enjoy contemporary revivals of medieval plays. A large plate section gives a pictorial version of the story, using photographs of contemporary manuscript illuminations, mosaics, frescoes, paintings and sculptures.

List of platesp. ix
List of figuresp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Theatres of Worship
Drama of Praise and Thanksgiving
Legacies from Palestine and Romep. 11
Liturgy and Ritualp. 23
Drama of Christ the Kingp. 33
Drama of the Prophets, Saints and Martyrsp. 41
Drama of Repentance
Language and Dramap. 55
Reform and Renaissancep. 57
Merchant Princes and Alternative Patronagep. 60
The Feast of Corpus Christip. 62
The Drama of Christ Crucifiedp. 69
Patron Saintsp. 95
Drama of Moral Instruction
Popular Educationp. 106
Sermons, the Fine Arts and the Dance of Deathp. 109
The Drama of Crime and Punishmentp. 112
Theatres of Recreation
Drama and Nature
Climate, Seasons and Agriculturep. 125
Folk Festivalsp. 128
The Mummers' Playp. 144
Drama and Natural Man
Courtyard, Hall and Chamberp. 150
War gamesp. 151
Sex-gamesp. 156
Mummings, Disguisings and Masquesp. 159
Civic Pageantryp. 166
Interludesp. 169
Theatres and Commerce
Amateurs and Professionalsp. 179
Church and Statep. 197
Italyp. 210
Spainp. 212
Francep. 215
Germany and The Netherlandsp. 217
The British Islesp. 219
Notesp. 224
Calendar of Twentieth-Century Revivals of English Mystery Cycles and other major Religious Plays of the Middle Ages in Englandp. 234
Books Referred to in the Text and Notesp. 239
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780521312486
ISBN-10: 0521312485
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 7th September 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.29  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised

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