Medieval English religious plays as early fifteenth-century vernacular theology: the case against

King, P. M. (2014) Medieval English religious plays as early fifteenth-century vernacular theology: the case against. In: Kelly, S. and Perry, R. (eds.) Devotional Culture in late Medieval England and Europe: Diverse Imaginations of Christ's Life. Series: Medieval church studies (31). Brepols: Turnhout, pp. 533-522. ISBN 9782503549354 (doi:10.1484/M.MCS-EB.6.09070802050003050409030504)

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Abstract

In this essay I consider the proposition that reproducing biblical text in English in civic biblical drama flew in the face of Arundel's Constitutions, the crack-down on translation that was part of the attempted supression of Wycliffite radicalism. I conclude that the texts of the plays as they survive are in fact too late to substantiate this claim for their radicalism, that we do not know what was performed during the archiepiscopate of Arundel, and that the play texts that survive belong to another, equally interesting, theological moment in fifteenth-century England.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:King, Professor Pamela
Authors: King, P. M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:Brepols
ISBN:9782503549354
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