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Corpus Christi Pageants In England

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Ill THE CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION Procession and Pageants. The Corpus Christi procession, as we have seen, was first established at the Council of Vienna in 1311, but we have no extant record of the time when the observance of the...
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Ill THE CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION Procession and Pageants. The Corpus Christi procession, as we have seen, was first established at the Council of Vienna in 1311, but we have no extant record of the time when the observance of the day was first introduced into England. There is the same uncertainty about the time when the pageants and the plays first became a part of the Corpus Christi ceremonies. Whether the cycles of plays grew up by themselves and were then transferred to Corpus Christi day and thus became more or less attached to the procession, or whether they developed from pageant tableaux and dumb-shows in the annual procession, is not known. Davies thinks it " not improbable that the celebration of the Corpus Christi Festival on its first introduction into this country was accompanied by the exhibition of pageant plays produced by the several companies into which the tradesmen and artisans of cities and towns were then incorporated "-1 But there is a strong probability that the later Corpus 1 York Records, p. 229. Christi cycles began in the procession as dumb- shows designed by the clergy to impress more forcibly on the people the doctrines of the church, and that as the " bas-relief of living figures counterfeiting a bas-relief of stone " became more and more popular, the earlier Christmas, Easter, and other biblical plays from the church were put into the mouths of the mimetic actors, and the dramas thus developed became the later Corpus Christi cycles. Our records here areunfortunately scrappy, as usual, but what evidence we have seems to bear out this theory. Hour for Starting the Procession. In the early years of the Corpus Christi festival, when the procession and the plays were all one, the ceremonies of the day seem to have begun at an early hour ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781110065875
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 5/13/2009
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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Ill THE CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION Procession and Pageants. The Corpus Christi procession, as we have seen, was first established at the Council of Vienna in 1311, but we have no extant record of the time when the observance of the day was first introduced into England. There is the same uncertainty about the time when the pageants and the plays first became a part of the Corpus Christi ceremonies. Whether the cycles of plays grew up by themselves and were then transferred to Corpus Christi day and thus became more or less attached to the procession, or whether they developed from pageant tableaux and dumb-shows in the annual procession, is not known. Davies thinks it " not improbable that the celebration of the Corpus Christi Festival on its first introduction into this country was accompanied by the exhibition of pageant plays produced by the several companies into which the tradesmen and artisans of cities and towns were then incorporated "-1 But there is a strong probability that the later Corpus 1 York Records, p. 229. Christi cycles began in the procession as dumb- shows designed by the clergy to impress more forcibly on the people the doctrines of the church, and that as the " bas-relief of living figures counterfeiting a bas-relief of stone " became more and more popular, the earlier Christmas, Easter, and other biblical plays from the church were put into the mouths of the mimetic actors, and the dramas thus developed became the later Corpus Christi cycles. Our records here are unfortunately scrappy, as usual, but what evidence we have seems to bear out this theory. Hour for Starting the Procession. In the early years of the Corpus Christi festival, when the procession andthe plays were all one, the ceremonies of the day seem to have begun at an early hour ...
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