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The Medieval European Stage, 500–1550


Part of Theatre in Europe: A Documentary History

Nick Davis, Peter Meredith, Lynette R. Muir, William Tydeman, John Tailby, Michael J. Anderson, Elsa Strietman, Louise M. Haywood, Thomas Pettitt, Leif Sondergaard
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  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521100847


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  • This volume brings together a wide selection of primary source materials from the theatrical history of the Middle Ages. The focus is on Western Europe between the fall of the Roman Empire and the emergence of markedly Renaissance forms in Italy. Early sections of the volume are devoted to the survival of Classical tradition and the development of the liturgical drama of the Roman Catholic Church, but the main concentration is on the genesis and growth of popular religious drama in the vernacular. Each of the major medieval regions is featured, while a final section covers the pastimes and customs of the people, a record of whose traditional activities often only survives in the margins of official recognition. The documents are compiled by a team of leading scholars in the field and the over 700 documents are all presented in modern English translation.

    • Each section edited by an expert in the field
    • Contains over 700 items, all in modern English translation
    • A major reference work in medieval theatre, drama and culture
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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521100847
    • length: 784 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 40 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of documents
    General editor's preface
    Editor's preface
    Historical table
    Glossary of technical and specialised terms
    Note on money
    Section A. The inheritance Nick Davis
    Section B. Latin liturgical drama Peter Meredith
    Section C. Extra-liturgical Latin and early vernacular drama Lynette R. Muir
    Section D. England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales William Tydeman
    Section E. France Lynette R. Muir
    Section F. The German-speaking area John Tailby
    Section G. Italy Michael J. Anderson
    Section H. The Low Countries Elsa Strietman and Lynette R. Muir
    Section I. The Iberian Peninsula (including Majorca) Louise M. Haywood
    Section J. Traditions of the people: customs and folk drama Thomas Pettitt and Leif Sondergaard

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    William Tydeman, University of Wales, Bangor


    Nick Davis, Peter Meredith, Lynette R. Muir, William Tydeman, John Tailby, Michael J. Anderson, Elsa Strietman, Louise M. Haywood, Thomas Pettitt, Leif Sondergaard

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