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Overview

This is the only volume available to bring together a wide selection of primary sources from the theatrical history of the Middle Ages. The focus is on Western Europe between the fall of the Roman Empire and the emergence of Renaissance forms in Italy. Coverage includes the survival of Classical tradition and development of the liturgical drama, the growth of popular religious drama in the vernacular, and the pastimes and customs of the people. Each of the major medieval regions is featured and documents are presented in modern English translation.
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""Tydeman... his collaborators, and Cambridge University Press have performed a great service to theater historians. Not since A.M. Nagler's edited volume Sources of Theatrical History (1952) has anyone assembled such a comprehensive body of primary source materials...Libraries at all levels should buy and cherish this book." Choice

" The Medieval European Stage provides an excellent introduction to sources from across western Europe..." Renaissance Quaterly

"...this volume appears to be an essential reference work which contains translations of documents from the whole range of European drama through the middle of the sixteenth century...the book is a fine addition to work on the medieval European stage." The Early Drama, Art, and Music Review

"There can be no doubt that the general introductions to regions are phenomenalistic and superficial, while the documentary evidence is fascinating and makes good reading." Fifteenth-Century Studies

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Table of Contents

List of documents
General editors' preface
Editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Historical table
Glossary of technical and specialised terms
Note on the treatment of texts
General Introduction 1
Sect. A The inheritance
I Continuities 24
II Memories and reflections 34
III Reinventions, new starts, shifts of attitude 38
Sect. B Latin liturgical drama
I Symbolic drama 58
II The ceremonies of Holy Week 60
III The ceremonies of Easter Week 81
IV The ceremonies of the Christmas season 99
V The Church's view of theatrical activity 113
VI Other calendar ceremonies 118
VII The plays 131
Sect. C Extra-liturgical Latin and early vernacular drama
I Play-texts and stage action in the religious drama 142
II Performance references and records 165
III Biblical plays from Byzantium and the Orthodox East 182
IV The Feast of Corpus Christi and the plays 186
V Secular theatre 194
Sect. D England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
I Communal religious theatre 210
II Reactions and responses 259
III Secular theatre 265
Sect. E France
I The theatre of the mysteres 284
II Farces, sotties and moralities 329
III Processional and street theatre 339
IV Drama in the bilingual cities: Metz 345
Sect. F The German-speaking area
I Religious drama 355
II Secular drama 403
Sect. G Italy
I Medieval traditions 427
II Theatre spectacles in Florence 450
III Renaissance innovations 467
Sect. H The Low Countries
I Organising and performing groups 492
II Play contests and landjuwelen 505
III Play-texts and tableaux 513
IV Plays for political and religious occasions 522
Sect. I The Iberian Peninsula (including Majorca)
I Theatre and the Church 562
II Court theatre and pageantry 578
III Theatre and performance 591
Sect. J Traditions of the people: customs and folk drama
I Pre-Christian origins? 618
II Seasonal customs 621
III Occasional customs 656
Bibliography 667
Index 689
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