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The Wakefield Mystery Plays

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This collection of thirteen dramatic works is translated from the famous manuscript of fifteenth-century Biblical enactments found near the English town of Wakefield. The cycle is notable for the "The Second Shepherd's Play," one of the great treasures of medieval literature.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 17th 1969 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published June 1961)
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Keith
Jul 26, 2015 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery plays form the foundation of English drama, the basic framework on which the Elizabethans built their drama (along with the influence of Latin and European theatre). The Wakefield cycle was last performed around 1576 (when Shakespeare would have been around 12).

I read the eight plays commonly attributed to the so called “Wakefield master” in a highly wrought form of nine lines, including internal rhymes: AB AB AB AB C D D D C. There appears to be five accents in the first three line
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Marianna
I had to read this for a medieval lit class. Not bad I suppose. I am a bit tired of religious themed plays nowadays, unless I am shown something radically different. I still got some good stuff out of it for my assignments.
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