The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781554810567 / 1554810566
  • 584 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama

  • Publication Date: December 5, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781554810567 / 1554810566
  • 584 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

The past generation has been an extraordinarily active one in medieval drama scholarship; our appreciation of the range of medieval drama has been significantly broadened, and our understanding of certain medieval genres—most notably, biblical drama—has been fundamentally altered. The Broadview Anthology of British Literature has been widely praised for the degree to which it has taken this scholarship into account in its selection of and presentation of medieval plays.

Now Broadview launches a new anthology that takes those plays as its base while expanding very substantially beyond them to represent the full range of drama in English (and, where strong connections exist, in French, Latin, Cornish, and Welsh as well) through to 1576. In all, over forty plays are included. Each work has been fully annotated and is prefaced by a substantial introduction. In many cases the language is to some extent modernized in order to make the plays more accessible to readers today.


“Fitzgerald and Sebastian, with their team of editors, have made a landmark contribution. The Broadview Anthology gives instructors a wealth of material to choose from, all excellently edited and presented. It is both solid and up-to-date in scholarship, and friendly and accessible to students. Its new approach to the presentation of texts and its thought-provoking selection of materials make it a most welcome addition to the field; it ought to remain the standard undergraduate text for many years to come.” — Chester N. Scoville, University of Toronto, reviewed in Early Theatre 16.1 (2013)

The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama is an accessible, multi-lingual, and historical-boundary-crossing anthology that is remarkably well-informed by current Early English drama scholarship. Its emphasis on contexts and regional cultures, its inclusion of a wide range of translated and helpfully-modernized dramatic texts and sources (from early continental plays such as the German nun Hrosvitha’s Abraham, to the York Mercers’ Indenture document, to John Lydgate’s household mummings, to Tudor interludes such as Fulgens and Lucres), and, especially, its lively and engaging introductory comments on this trove of texts and their manuscript, print, and performance lives make it the ideal undergraduate text for demonstrating the teeming richness of the earliest British theatre.” — Gail McMurray Gibson, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English, Davidson College

The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama is a worthy and welcome successor to the magisterial [work] by David Bevington that for nearly four decades has guided teachers and students of medieval English drama. Broadview’s major anthology by editors Fitzgerald and Sebastian combines Bevington’s wide-ranging approach to medieval English drama with informed commentary on current issues in medieval English drama scholarship. Impressively attentive to developments in the field and appreciative of the practical challenges of investigating medieval English drama, this anthology makes a major contribution to the study and teaching of early English drama.” — Theresa Coletti, Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of English, University of Maryland College Park



  • Abraham


Quem Quaeritis

  • The Quem Quaeritis Ceremony from the Regularis Concordia of St. Æthelwold

The Play of Adam (Ordo representacionis Ade)

THE FLEURY Play of Herod (Ordo ad representandum Herodem)


  • The Ordo Paginarum
    The Creation
    The Nativity

    The Shepherds
    The Slaughter of the Innocents
    The Crucifixion
    The Harrowing of Hell
    The Resurrection
    The Last Judgment
    The York Mercers’ Indenture


  • The Creation
  • The “Wakefield Master”
    • The First Shepherds’ Play
      The Second Shepherds’ Play
      • IN CONTEXT: Biblical Source Material

        • from the Douay-Rheims Bible, Luke 2.8–21
    • Herod the Great
      • IN CONTEXT: Biblical Source Material
        • from the Douay-Rheims Bible, Matthew 2.1–23
  • The Buffeting (
  • The Judgment

Digby Candlemas Day and the Killing of the Children of Israel (
The Digby Play of Mary Magdalene (
The Conversation of St. Paul (


  • Play of Adam and Eve
    Play of Noah’s Flood
    • IN CONTEXT: Biblical Source Material
      • from the Douay-Rheims Bible, Genesis 6–9
  • Play of the Shepherds


  • Mary Play
    The Nativity


  • Noah and the Ark
    • Origo Mundi, lines 917–1258
  • The Crucifixion
    • Passio Christi, lines 2504–3030
  • The Death of Pilate
    • Resurrexio Domini, lines 1587–2044


  • The Three Kings of Cologne


  • A Disguising at Hertford Castle
    A Disguising at London
    Mumming at Eltham
    Mumming at Windsor
    Mumming for the Mercers of London
    Mumming for the Goldsmiths of London
    Mumming at Bishopswood

THE CROXTON Play of the Sacrament


  • IN CONTEXT: Stage Plan for The Castle of Perseverance



  • Fulgens and Lucres

The Interlude of Youth


  • The Play of the Weather


  • The Play of Wit and Science

Gammer Gurton’s Needle


  • Like Will to Like


Christina M. Fitzgerald is Associate Professor of English Literature and Language at the University of Toledo. She is the author of The Drama of Masculinity and Medieval English Guild Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

John T. Sebastian is Associate Professor of Medieval Literature and Director of the Medieval Studies Program at Loyola University New Orleans. He is also the editor of The Croxton Play of the Sacrament (Medieval Institute Publications, 2012) and the author of articles on medieval drama and the poetry of John Lydgate.

Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama

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