The Medieval European Stage, 500-1550

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Peter Meredith, William Tydeman, Michael John Anderson, Nick Davis, Louise M. Haywood
Cambridge University Press, 27.09.2001 - 720 Seiten
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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Introduction
21
Continuities
24
Memories and reflections
34
Reinventions new starts shifts of attitude
38
Abbreviations
53
Introduction
55
Symbolic drama
58
The ceremonies of Holy Week
60
Farces sotties and moralities
329
Processional and street theatre
339
Drama in the bilingual cities Metz
345
Introduction and abbreviations
353
Religious drama
355
Secular drama
397
Introduction
417
Medieval traditions
421

The ceremonies of Easter Week
81
The ceremonies of the Christmas season
99
The Churchs view of theatrical activity
113
Other calendar ceremonies
118
The plays
131
Abbreviations
137
Introduction
139
Playtexts and stage action in the religious drama
142
Performance references and records
165
Biblical plays from Byzantium and the Orthodox East
182
The Feast of Corpus Christi and the plays
186
Secular theatre
194
Abbreviations
205
Introduction
207
Communal religious theatre
210
Reactions and responses
259
Secular theatre
265
Abbreviations
279
Introduction
281
The theatre of the mysteres
284
Theatre spectacles in Florence
444
Renaissance innovations
461
Abbreviations
479
Introduction
481
Organising and performing groups
486
Play contests and landjuwelen
499
Playtexts and tableaux
507
Plays for political and religious occasions
516
Abbreviations
551
Introduction
553
Court theatre and pageantry
572
Theatre and performance
585
Introduction and abbreviations
609
PreChristian origins?
612
Seasonal customs
615
Occasional customs
650
Bibliography
661
Index
683
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