The Medieval European Stage, 500-1550

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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 ...

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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 editor's preface; Editor's preface; Acknowledgements; Historical table; Glossary of technical and specialised terms; Note on money; Introduction; Section A. The inheritance Nick Davis; Section B. Latin liturgical drama Peter Meredith; Section C. Extra-liturgical Latin and early vernacular drama Lynette R. Muir; Section D. England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales William Tydeman; Section E. France Lynette R. Muir; Section F. The German-speaking area John Tailby; Section G. Italy Michael J. Anderson; Section H. The Low Countries Elsa Strietman and Lynette R. Muir; Section I. The Iberian Peninsula (including Majorca) Louise M. Haywood; Section J. Traditions of the people: customs and folk drama Thomas Pettitt and Leif Sondergaard; Bibliography; Index.

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