This work, the first comprehensive
study of liturgical drama in medieval Spain, including its origins,
is based on extensive and systematic research in the libraries of
Spain and France and in the British Library in London.
The author presents not only the
unedited dramatic texts he has discovered in medieval Spanish
manuscripts, but also any examples of Spanish liturgical drama
known to him which have been previously edited, in the hopes of
providing a convenient and relatively complete corpus of Spanish
liturgical plays. It becomes apparent from this study that
Catalonia was one of the great centres of liturgical drama in
Europe; Castile was not. Donovan advances several hypotheses that
might explain the failure of medieval liturgical drama to penetrate
Castile on a large scale. The bibliography includes a long list of
over 500 liturgical manuscripts, as well as 125 incunabula and
early printed editions.