Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre

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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre, ed. Richard Beadle (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994). xxii + 372 pp.; 34 illustrations. ISBN 0-52136670-4, £35.00 (hard covers); ISBN 0-521-45916-8, £12.95 (p/b). The transformation in the status and understanding of medieval English drama that William Tydeman describes in the introductory essay to this volume makes the need for a Companion of this kind especially useful, and the editor has generally done a fine job in persuading his expert contributors to cover the material in congruent and complementary ways. Essays on the major cycles (Richard Beadle on York, David Mills on Chester, Peter Meredith on Towneley, Alan J. Fletcher on the N-town plays) cover their known history, including civic organization and changes over time; the nature of the manuscript evidence; staging and performance; and aesthetic and affective qualities of the writing. …

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