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The laity, the church and the mystery plays; a drama of belonging.


The laity, the church and the mystery plays; a drama of belonging.

Corbett, Tony.

Four Courts Press


262 pages



Dublin studies in medieval and renaissance literature


A scholar-at-large long involved with theater, Corbett investigates the relationship between the mystery plays of late medieval England and their implied audiences, questioning the conventional wisdom that the plays were designed solely for large-scale public catechesis. He begins by looking at the religious practices of the medieval guilds, and suggests that the plays, particularly those controlled by guilds or by the laity, were performed as much for the edification of the actors as of the general audience, and specifically for the discursive empowerment of guild members and their families. His topics include the Decalogue and the mystery plays, the creeds and the Paternoster, and Mary and Christ in the mystery plays. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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