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Secular Medieval Drama

Elisabeth Dutton

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199229123.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Secular Medieval Drama

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This article examines the nature of secular medieval drama in England. It explains that the medieval Mystery Cycles, with their vibrant presentation of scriptural narrative, dominate discussion of medieval drama. The presentation of ecclesiastical power in the cycles is strategically anachronistic and aligned with the oppressive power of biblical tyrants such as Herod. This article also comments on Henry Medwall's Fulgens and Lucres.

Keywords: secular medieval drama; England; Mystery Cycles; scriptural narrative; ecclesiastical power; Henry Medwall; Fulgens and Lucres

Article.  5477 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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