Dramatic Texts and Records of Britain: A Chronological Topography to 1558

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University of Toronto Press, 1984 - Literary Criticism - 633 pages
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In 1800 entries this valuable reference work covers texts and records of dramatic activity for about 400 sites in Britain from Roman times to 1558. Grouped in sections Texts listed chronologically; Records of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Other, classified by county, site, and date; and Doubtful Texts and Records the entries summarize the contents of each record and give bibliographic information.

Professor Lancashire presents a comprehensive survey of almost every type of literary and historical record, document, and work: civic, church, guild, monastic and royal court minutes and financial accounts; national records Chancery, Parliament, Privy Council, Exchequer; royal proclamations; wills; local court rolls; jest-books, poems, prose treatises, sermons; archaeological remains, artifacts, illustrations. He brings together works in several normally unrelated fields: Roman theatre in Britain; medieval drama as such, including the Corpus Christi play and the moral play; court revels of the Tudors and of their predecessors in England and Scotland; and finally Latin and Greek drama as played in Oxford and Cambridge colleges.

An introduction outlines the history of early drama in Britain. Appendixes include indexes of about 335 towns or patrons with travelling players, complete with rough itineraries; about 180 playwrights; and about 320 playing places and buildings. There are illustrations, four maps and a large general subject and name index

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
ix
Areas for Further Research
xxxi
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF DRAMATIC TEXTS
3
List of Sites
35
Wales
302
Ireland
327
An Index of Playing Companies to 1558
349
An Index of Playwrights
409
An Index of Playing Places and Buildings to 1558
429
Chronological List of Salient Dates and Entry Numbers
461
GENERAL INDEX
479
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Ian Lancashire is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.

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