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Love and Conflict in Medieval Drama: The Plays and their Legacy (Lynette Muir) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521827560
Love and Conflict in Medieval Drama: The Plays and their Legacy (Lynette Muir) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521827560
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Title: Love and Conflict in Medieval Drama: The Plays and their Legacy

Author: Muir, Lynette

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521827560

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

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This book provides a detailed survey of the hundreds of non-biblical serious plays which survive from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries. The performers vary from civic groups and literary societies to courts and convents: mainly amateurs, but they left a legacy of stories that was drawn upon by the writers for the professional theatre companies of Elizabethan England, Golden Age Spain and the rich baroque theatre of France. Stories from the Golden Legend and collections of Marian miracles appear side by side with folk tales and traditional stories brought from the Middle East by merchants, pilgrims and other travellers. Muir considers what she terms the 'legacy' of these tales: when playwrights for the new public theatres such as Shakespeare and Lope de Vega retain the situations and settings of the older stories but transform them by the emphasis on psychology and the gradual disappearance of the religious element.ContentsIntroduction: staging the storiesPart I. War in Heaven: Saints and Sinners1. The noble army of martyrs2. White martyrdom: the hermits3. Soldiers of Christ: the Church militantPart II. Miracles of Salvation1. Miraculous conversions of Jews (and a few pagans)2. Sacrament plays3. Your adversary the Devil: the sacred and the damned4. Who sups with the Devil: the rash bargainPart III. Conflicting Relationships: Love, Hate and Marriage1. Happily ever after: friends and lovers2. Premarital problems3. The falsely accused queen and other suffering wives4. Domestic dramas5. The wager6. Hell hath no fury: the woman scorned7. Family feuds8. The theatre of cruelty9. Le coeur mang and other culinary surprisesPart IV. Power, Politics and Patriotism1. The siege of Troy2. The siege and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.3. Early Christian Europe: Constantine to the crusades4. Christianity goes west5. The nine worthies6. The wheel of fortune; 7. Affairs of state8. Patriots and popular heroes; Conclusion: From Queen of Heaven to fairy queen
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