English Mystery Cycle Dramas The Medieval Worldview And The Mystery Cycles - Essay

The Medieval Worldview And The Mystery Cycles

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Katharine Lee Bates (essay date 1893)

SOURCE: "Miracle Plays—Dramatic Values," in The English Religious Drama, The Macmillan Company, 1913, pp. 168-200.

[In the following essayoriginally a lecture delivered in July, 1893Bates discusses the role of the apocryphal gospels in certain sections of the mystery cycles, emphasizing what she perceives as the restraint evidenced by the plays' authors in light of the pervasive influence of these legends on the popular interpretation of scripture. Bates views the plays as sincere depictions of what the medieval mind perceived as the true history of the world, free of literary "consciousness."]

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