Love and Conflict in Medieval Drama: The Plays and Their Legacy

Forsideomslag
Cambridge University Press, 5. jul. 2007 - 294 sider
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.
 

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Indhold

staging the stories
1
SAINTS AND SINNERS
9
White martyrdom the hermits
22
the Church militant
31
PART TWO MIRACLES OF SALVATION
45
the saved and the damned
55
the rash bargain
65
friends and lovers
79
Le cœur mange and other culinary surprises
120
The siege of Troy
131
The siege and destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70
147
Constantine to the crusades
156
Christianity goes west
165
The worthy the proud and the popular
171
Pride and the wheel of Fortune
179
Affairs of state
185

Premarital problems
91
Domestic dramas
100
the woman scorned
106
The theatre of cruelty
112
Patriots and popular heroes
196
from Queen of Heaven to Fairy Queen
203
Notes
205
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