'Mary Play'

'Mary Play'

by Peter Meredith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0859895475

ISBN-13: 9780859895477

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

The Mary Play is a beautiful and engaging piece of late medieval stagecraft. It is rich in music and spectacle and is the only English play which deals with Mary's parents and her early life; the only play which centres on a prayer, the Ave Maria; the only play which in its devotional intensity reflects the central concerns of late fifteenth century lay piety. Two

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The Mary Play is a beautiful and engaging piece of late medieval stagecraft. It is rich in music and spectacle and is the only English play which deals with Mary's parents and her early life; the only play which centres on a prayer, the Ave Maria; the only play which in its devotional intensity reflects the central concerns of late fifteenth century lay piety. Two recent productions have demonstrated its effectiveness as drama. The Mary Play comes from Norfolk and matches theatrically the elaborate painting, stained glass and carving of that area. The Marian shrine of Walsingham is part of its local context. This edition, a new volume in the series Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies, presents the play as a single entity rather than as a number of pageants in a cycle play. The introduction describes the manuscript, its language, place and staging. There is an extensive commentary which places the play in its intellectual and theatrical contexts, and a complete glossary.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859895477
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Series:
University of Exeter Press - Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Manuscript
Language and Place
Metre, Language and Style
9 Dramatic and Social Contexts
Teaching
The Treatment of Sources
Staging
Bibliography
Editorial procedures
The Mary Play
Notes
Appendices
Glossary
List of proper names and dramatis personae
List of Latin words, phrases, etc. in text and stage directions

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