Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Mystère De Saint Clément De Metz

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Mystère De Saint Clément De Metz

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Mystère de saint Clément de Met% ed. Frédéric Duval, Textes Littéraires Français 608 (Geneva: Droz, 201 1). 813 pp. ISBN 978-2-600-01454-0. euro53.13. This edition is perhaps of even more interest for its philological ambition than for the text that it presents. The work itself is a fine example of a mid-fifteenth-century mystery play, with a cast of dozens, placing saints beside a host of demons, together with more lowly characters who provide earthy comic interludes to punctuate the ceremonies, sermons, and other religious activity. Particular interest lies in the role that the work plays in dramatizing the foundation myth of Metz, especially St Clement's iconic defeat of the graoully. The play was first published by Charles Abel (1 86 1), and while access to the few exemplars of this book has (unbeknownst to Duval) been facilitated by its digitization and on-line publication, any scholar who has used Abel's edition is fully aware of the manifold deficiencies of the critical text and the paucity of supporting materials. A new edition was absolutely necessary, but drastically complicated by the loss of the sole manuscript in 1944. …

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