York Plays: The Plays Performed by the Crafts or Mysteries of York on the Day of Corpus Christi in the 14th, 15th, and 16th Centuries:

York Plays: The Plays Performed by the Crafts or Mysteries of York on the Day of Corpus Christi in the 14th, 15th, and 16th Centuries:

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York Plays: The Plays Performed by the Crafts or Mysteries of York on the Day of Corpus Christi in the 14th, 15th, and 16th Centuries:

York Plays: The Plays Performed by the Crafts or Mysteries of York on the Day of Corpus Christi in the 14th, 15th, and 16th Centuries:

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The Manuscript volume containing the collection of religious plays, anciently performed on the day of Corpus Christi by the craft-gilds of York, belongs to the Earl of Ashburnham, to whose liberal permission the public owes it that this valuable addition to our early dramatic literature is now for the first time printed; and I desire to record here my sincere thanks for the full and free use of the MS. which he has kindly accorded me.

It is not a little remarkable that these long-desired plays have never yet seen the light. Scholars have known since the publication of Thoresby's History of Leeds, that such a collection existed, but no one appears ever to have done more than make a cursory examination of it; this was only done by the writer 'L.' in the Gentleman's Magazine, and, more carefully, by the late Rev. Mr. Garnett, of the British Museum, whose opinion on it was printed in the Catalogue of Mr. Heywood Bright's library, after whose sale the late Lord Ashburnham purchased the volume.

P edigree of the Manuscript. The history of the volume is curious. It was the book wherein the plays, performed by the crafts from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries with the sanction and authority of the corporation, were 'registered' by the city officers, and it must therefore have belonged to the corporation. It was at one time in the care of the priory of Holy Trinity in Micklegate, at the gates of which was the first station in the circle of performances through the city as early as 1399,— . . .

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