York Mystery Plays: A Selection in Modern Spelling

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Richard Beadle, Pamela M. King
OUP Oxford, Jun 17, 1999 - Drama - 320 pages
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This volume offers 22 of the central pageants which make up York's famous Corpus Christi cycle. The York cycle is the oldest and best-known of the English mystery cycles, and its depth and scope are reflected in the selection printed here. The shape of the cycle was governed by subject matter of enduring spiritual significance, both to its contemporary audience and in later literary and artistic tradition, and the selection reflects these concerns. Included are plays on the Creation, the Fall of Man, the Incarnation, Passion, and Resurrection of Christ, and the Last Judgement. The Passion sequence has been expanded by six of the eight plays generally attributed to the great poetic dramatist known as the York Realist: the authentic text of these plays is not otherwise available in paperback. As well as providing detailed annotation, this edition offers an introduction which examines the history of the cycle and discusses the immensely popular modern productions in York and elsewhere. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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The Coopers The Fall of
The Shipwrights The Building of the
The Fishers and Mariners The Flood
The Hosiers Moses and Pharaoh
The Pewterers and Founders Josephs Trouble about Mary
The Tilethatchers The Nativity
The Masons The Goldsmiths Herod and The Magi
The Marshals The Flight into Egypt
The Girdlers and Nailers The Slaughter of the Innocents
The Smiths The Temptation
The Skinners The Entry into Jerusalem

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Richard Beadle is University Lecturer in English and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. Pamela King is Head of the Department of English at St Martins College, Lancaster.

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