miracle play

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

A kind of medieval religious play representing non‐scriptural legends of saints or of the Virgin Mary. The term is often confusingly applied also to the mystery plays, which form a distinct body of drama based on biblical stories. Thanks to the book‐burning zeal of the English Reformation, no significant miracle plays survive in English, but there is a French cycle of forty Miracles de Notre‐Dame probably dating from the 14th century.

Subjects: Music — Literature.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.