Saints on Stage: An Analytical Survey of Dramatic Records in the West of England

  • Sally-Beth Maclean University of Toronto

Abstract

This essay provides an analysis of the known surviving records relating to mimetic representation of non-biblical saints in a broad region of western England, from the north (Cumberland, Westmorland) to the southern tip of Cornwall. The question of how many of these references can be considered 'scripted' drama is addressed, and other categories (pageant, costumed guild ridings, and festive customs such as boy bishop ceremonies) proposed.

Published
1999-01-01
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Articles