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Love and Conflict in Medieval Drama
The Plays and their Legacy


  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521153454

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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 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.

    • Makes available to English-language readers details of the whole field of continental drama in both the Middle Ages and Renaissance
    • The 'legacy' emphasises the medieval links with plays by Lope de Vega, Shakespeare and other major dramatists
    • A valuable resource for scholars, students and enthusiasts of medieval theatre
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    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521153454
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations and short titles used in the text and notes
    Introduction: staging the stories
    Part I. War in Heaven: Saints and Sinners:
    1. The noble army of martyrs
    2. White martyrdom: the hermits
    3. Soldiers of Christ: the Church militant
    Part II. Miracles of Salvation:
    4. Miraculous conversions of Jews (and a few pagans)
    5. Sacrament plays
    6. Your adversary the Devil: the sacred and the damned
    7. Who sups with the Devil: the rash bargain
    Part III. Conflicting Relationships: Love, Hate and Marriage:
    8. Happily ever after: friends and lovers
    9. Premarital problems
    10. The falsely accused queen and other suffering wives
    11. Domestic dramas
    12. The wager
    13. Hell hath no fury: the woman scorned
    14. Family feuds
    15. The theatre of cruelty
    16. Le coeur mangé and other culinary surprises
    Part IV. Power, Politics and Patriotism:
    17. The siege of Troy
    18. The siege and destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70
    19. Early Christian Europe: Constantine to the crusades
    20. Christianity goes west
    21. The worthy, the proud and the popular
    22. Pride and the wheel of Fortune
    23. Affairs of state
    24. Patriots and popular heroes
    Conclusion: from Queen of Heaven to Fairy Queen

  • Author

    Lynette Muir, University of Leeds

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