Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Les Mysteres De la Procession De Lille, Vol. II: De Josue a David

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Les Mysteres De la Procession De Lille, Vol. II: De Josue a David

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Les Mysteres de la procession de Lille, Vol. II: De Josue a David, ed. Alan E. Knight, Textes litteraires francais (Geneva: Droz, 2003). 668 pp. ISBN 2-600-00846-2. Sw. Fr. 100.00. This second volume of Knight's important ongoing edition of the hitherto unknown Lille plays is particularly interesting for the subject matter. Some of the introductory material is inevitably and necessarily a repetition of that given in the first volume (including a useful couple of pages of errata) - but the play subjects included here in this continuation of the Old Testament material have few, if any, parallels in French medieval drama. The notable subjects here are the numerous battle scenes from the destruction of Ai to the revolt of Seba against David (an event which followed on from the death of Absalom). Each play has a brief introduction with a comparison of the action and the accompanying miniature for each text. …

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