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The medieval theatre

Author: Glynne William Gladstone Wickham
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987, ©1974.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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This is a thoroughly revised edition of Glynne Wickham's important history of the development of dramatic art in Christian Europe. Professor Wickham surveys the foundations on which this dramatic art was built: the architecture, costumes and ceremonial of the imperial court at Byzantium, the liturgies of countires in the Eastern and Western Empires and the triumph of the Roman rite and the Romanesque style in  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Glynne William Gladstone Wickham
ISBN: 0521320690 9780521320696 0521312485 9780521312486
OCLC Number: 14067797
Description: xv, 260 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Drama of praise and thanksgiving: Legacies from Palestine and Rome --
Liturgy and ritual --
Drama of Christ the King --
Drama of the prophets, saints and martyrs --
Drama of repentance: Language and drama --
Reform and renaissance --
Merchant princes and alternative patronage --
The feast of Corpus Christi --
The drama of Christ crucified --
Patron saints --
Drama of moral instruction: Popular education --
Sermons, the fine arts and the dance of death --
The drama of crime and punishment --
Drama and nature: Climate, seasons and agriculture --
Folk festivals --
The mummers' play --
Drama and natural man: Courtyard, Hall and chamber --
War games --
Sex-games --
Mummings, disguisings and masques --
Civic pageantry --
Interludes --
Amateurs and professionals --
Church and state --
Transitions --
Appendix: Calendar of twentieth-century revivals of English mystery cycles and other major religious plays of the middle ages in England.
Responsibility: Glynne Wickham.
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This is a thoroughly revised edition of Glynne Wickham's important history of the development of dramatic art in Christian Europe. Professor Wickham surveys the foundations on which this dramatic art was built: the architecture, costumes and ceremonial of the imperial court at Byzantium, the liturgies of countires in the Eastern and Western Empires and the triumph of the Roman rite and the Romanesque style in Western art. Within this context Professor Wickham describes three major influences upon the drama: religion, recreation and commerce. The first produced the liturgical music drama rooted in praise of Christ the King, vernacular Corpus Christi drama, Saint Plays and Moralities centred on the humanity of Christ. The second gave rise to the secular theatres of social recreation based on the games and dances of village communities ad the more sophisticated sex and war games of the nobility. The section on commerce shows how the development of the drama was intimately related to questions of funding and management which led, during the sixteenth century, to the substitution of a professional for an amateur theatre, and to a growing emphasis on stage spectacle. For this third edition the author has added a substantial section on monastic reform and its effect on Biblical translation and the use of allegory; a final chapter charts the transition in different European countries from this medieval Gothic theatre to the neoclassical methods of play construction and representation which flourished for the next two hundred years. The book gorges a coherent pattern through a very large and complicated subject. It is an excellent introduction to medieval theatre for undergraduates and to the growing number of theatregoers who enjoy contemporary revivals of medieval plays. A large plate section gives a pictorial version of the story, using photographs of contemporary manuscript illuminations, mosaics, frescoes, paintings and sculptures. -- publisher.

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