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Parisian Confraternity Drama of the Fourteenth Century
The 'Miracles de Nostre Dame par personnages'

D. Maddox, S. Sturm-Maddox (eds.)
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X+258 p., 14 b/w ill., 3 b/w tables, 8 b/w line art, 160 x 240 mm, 2008
ISBN: 978-2-503-52852-6
Languages: English, Old English, Old French
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Online content: http://dx.doi.org/10.1484/M.TCNE-EB.6.09070802050003050208050206

Parisian Confraternity Drama of the Fourteenth Century is the first volume of studies devoted solely to the Miracles de Nostre Dame par personnages. These anonymous plays, found in a single luxury manuscript, comprise the only major corpus of dramatic works in French that have survived from the fourteenth century. They derive from a rich diversity of sources: narrative miracle accounts, saints’ lives, epic chansons de geste, vernacular romances, and history. Each play is preceded by a richly detailed miniature, some two dozen include a sermon in prose, and each includes at least one rondel to be sung by the cortege accompanying the Virgin. They constitute both a collective demonstration of the fervent late-medieval devotion to the Virgin, and a substantial archive of contemporary insights into the issues of power, authority, and influence that struggled for dominance in fourteenth-century Paris. As this extraordinary collection has, in its entirety, attracted little critical attention to date, this volume will be of significant interest to scholars wishing to explore the plays in their literary context, as well as those interested in medieval drama, the Marian tradition, and the role of confraternities in fourteenth-century French culture.  

Review

“Overall, the research presented in Parisian Confraternity Drama of the Fourteenth Century hews to a high standard and offers a first-rate model for the study of late medieval drama.” (Susannah Crowder, in: The Medieval Review, 10.01.07)

"Anyone with an interest in medieval theatre, or in the late medieval reception of twelfth- and thirteenth-century hagiography, epic, and romance, will find much useful and stimulating material here." (in: Medium Aevum, LXXIX (2010), p. 180-181)

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian devotion & forms of religious expression
Hagiographical writings & the cult of saints
Christian Church : laity & heterodoxy
Lay movements & organisations
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Romance literatures
Old & Middle French literature
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
France

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