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York Mystery Plays: Selection in Modern Spelling (World's Classics) [Paperback]

Richard Beadle , Pamela M. King
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April 1995 World's Classics
This volume offers 22 of the central pageants which make up York's famous Corpus Christi cycle. The York cycle is the oldest and best-known of the English mystery cycles, and its depth and scope are reflected in the selection printed here. The shape of the cycle was governed by subject matter of enduring spiritual significance, both to its contemporary audience and in later literary and artistic tradition, and the selection reflects these concerns. Included are plays on the Creation, the Fall of Man, the Incarnation, Passion, and Resurrection of Christ, and the Last Judgement. The Passion sequence has been expanded by six of the eight plays generally attributed to the great poetic dramatist known as the York Realist: the authentic text of these plays is not otherwise available in paperback. As well as providing detailed annotation, this edition offers an introduction which examines the history of the cycle and discusses the immensely popular modern productions in York and elsewhere. This book is intended for students of medieval drama.


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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192824376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192824370
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 11.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,892,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This edition benefits from detailed notes and an introduction which examines the history of the mystery plays and discusses the immensely popular modern productions in York and elsewhere. (Richard Foster, Yorkshire Evening Press)

Here in OUP's World Classic series we are presented with 22 of them written in modern style, making them more readable. The selection gives a good idea of what these plays were all about. (Bill Spence, Yorkshire Gazette & Herald) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Richard Beadle is University Lecturer in English and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. Pamela King is Head of the Department of English at St Martins College, Lancaster. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars York Mysteries 24 Oct 2011
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This version of the York Mystery Plays is well presented and given contemporary spelling. The footnotes explain the words and phrases which are now unfamiliar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction to Mystery Plays 2 Mar 2013
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a well laid out, clearly annotated version of twenty two of the mystery plays that went to make up what is known as the York Cycle of Medieval mystery plays. The plays are presented in the rough order they would have been performed, and notes prior to each play explain which guilds would have been responsible for acting the play and any other information that is available to enrich our understanding of how and when the play was performed. There is a good general introduction to the world of the plays at the front and the notes explaining textual issues and/or difficult words is clear and helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good! 1 Feb 2013
By EthelBob - Published on Amazon.com
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The modern spelling really helps the reader understand what is going on. This edition also has many footnotes to help people understand the vernacular of that day and age. I don't think I could have read it without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy 18 April 2014
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Excellent condition and no signs of ware. No marks so I can make my own. Use for school. Thank you
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2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version bungles the texts. 20 Feb 2013
By Terra - Published on Amazon.com
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Content aside, the kindle version of this book is extremely difficult to maneuver due to clumsy placement of footnotes and consistent misspellings. Recommend for paper, not for e-reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version a complete disappointment 5 Sep 2013
By dc - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fine book, but steer clear of the Kindle version. Aside from an annoyingly weird and baffling collection of typos ("die" for "the", "mealtk-minning" for "wealth-winning"), it's impossible to make the explanatory footnotes show up at the right place on the page - you'll find yourself having to page forward and backward far too frequently in order to utilize them. It's really a mess. I need the book for a class and now, having wasted money on the Kindle version, I'm having to buy a paper version as well. I'm a student; I really can't afford this. Boo hiss!
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