Morality Plays and the Aftermath of Arundel's Constitutions

Authored by: Charlotte Steenbrugge

The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and performance

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472421401
eBook ISBN: 9781315612898
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043669


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There have been huge advances in medieval drama scholarship in the last few decades. Gone are the days when Mankind could be described as “a play of the utmost ignorance and crudity” (Craig 350) as we have come to appreciate medieval drama’s theatrical and intellectual sophistication. Thanks to exhaustive research by the Records of Early English Drama project, we have also developed a much better understanding of the diverse nature of medieval English drama. 2 Research in these fields continues to advance our knowledge of theatrical activity in medieval England. This chapter, however, will approach medieval drama from yet another angle, in line with current work that reveals an increasingly complex picture of religion and devotion in late medieval England.

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