The Coventry Corpus Plays

The Coventry Corpus Plays


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One of the greatest medieval drama cycles in England was mounted annually at Coventry at Corpus Christi until suppressed in 1579, and is of particular importance because it was almost certainly seen by William Shakespeare when he was a boy in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon. The two extant pageants from this cycle have been re-edited and are presented here for the first time in a modern critical edition. The introduction provides a full survey of knowledge about the Coventry cycle from the local dramatic records and other sources of information. Comprehensive critical and textual notes are included as well as a select bibliography and glossary. Appendices print the earliest fragments of the Weavers' pageant, texts of royal entries from the Coventry Leet Book, the songs (including the famous Coventry Carol) from the Shearmen and Taylors' pageant, and an analysis of various versions of the Doctors play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580440554
Publisher: Medieval Institute Publications
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph Series , #27
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.01(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Pamela M. King is a professor of English at the University of Glasgow who specializes in medieval drama and religious art. Clifford Davidson is professor emeritus of English and Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University.

Table of Contents

Illustrations Preface The Coventry Corpus Christi Plays The Pageant of the Company of Shearmen and Taylors in Coventry The Weaver's Pageant Appendix I: The Weaver's Pageant Two Fiftheenth-Century Fragments Appendix II: Royal Entries Appendix III: The Songs for the Shearmen and Taylors' Pageant Textual Notes Commentary Select Bibliography Glossary

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