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1 Middle English pageant wagon: Scene of Christ before Pilate From Sharp, A Dissertation on the Pageants... (1825); Courtesy

2 Last Judgment, 1977 Nativity/Shepherds, 1995 Images from modern productions of Mystery Plays in York Courtesy Poculi Ludique Societas at the University of Toronto

3 Harrowing of Hell, 1977 Wagon in motion, 1977 Images from modern productions of Mystery Plays in York Courtesy Poculi Ludique Societas at the University of Toronto

4 Play Stations in Medieval York

5 The York Register, fol.249r (British Library Additional MS 35290) Courtesy York Doomsday Project List of York Plays:

6 From Genesis 22 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, [here] I [am]. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only [son] Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid [it] upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. Abraham Sacrificing Isaac, Detail, Stjorn Manuscript, Arni Magnusson 227 fol., fol. 23v,

7 From Genesis 22 7: And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8: And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 9: And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10: And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11: And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12: And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. Abraham Sacrificing Isaac, Detail, Stjorn Manuscript, Arni Magnusson 227 fol., fol. 23v,

8 CAST LIST—Brome Play of Abraham and Isaac Abraham God Angel Isaac Doctor CAST LIST: Everyman Messenger God Death Everyman Fellowship Kindred Cousin Good Deeds Knowledge Confession Beauty Strength Discretion Five Wits Angel Doctor Mystery Plays and Morality Plays Compared:

9 Norton 1B, endpiece

10 The Swan Theatre, circa 1596

11 “ A London Playhouse of Shakespeare’s Time” (Norton 1B, p. A80)

12 Christopher Marlowe ( ) Tamburlaine I & II The Jew of Malta Doctor Faustus Edward II The Massacre at Paris

13 Stipendium peccati mors est…. (Romans 6:23) For the wages of sin is death…

14 Stipendium peccati mors est gratia autem Dei vita aeterna in Christo Iesu Domino nostro. (Romans 6:23—the full verse) For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, life everlasting in Christ Jesus our Lord.

15 Si dixerimus quoniam peccatum non habemus ipsi nos seducimus et veritas in nobis non est (I John 1:8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

16 Si dixerimus quoniam peccatum non habemus ipsi nos seducimus et veritas in nobis non est. Si confiteamur peccata nostra fidelis est et iustus ut remittat nobis peccata et emundet nos ab omni iniquitate (I John 1:8-9) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all iniquity.

17 Doctor Faustus has been the subject of quite divergent critical opinions: is it the “most nearly Satanic tragedy that can be found” in which Faustus is a “martyr to everything that the Renaissance prized --power, curious knowledge, enterprise, wealth, and beauty,” or should we instead say that ‘there is no more Christian document in all Elizabethan drama?” Christopher Marlowe the “Corpus Christi portrait,” 1585

18 English 2310 Sixteenth-Century Quiz 1.ElizabethA. Ruler who was made head of the English Church by the 1534 Act of Supremacy 2. Sir Francis DrakeB. Courtier, poet, statesman, literary critic, soldier—a real “Renaissance Man” 3. Henry VIIIC. Succeeded her brother as monarch and violently returned England to the Catholic faith 4.Martin LutherD. Said, “I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and a king of England, too.” 5. MaryE. English pirate/explorer who sailed around the world, Sir Philip SidneyF. German monk whose 1517 dispute with the Catholic Church sparked the Reformation

19 Sir Philip Sidney ( )

20 1.King Lear has three daughters: list them, while correctly spelling their names. 2.What do we know about the actors who would have played these parts? ENGLISH 2310 KING LEAR QUIZ 1 (4)


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