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The Second Shepherd's Play is one of two nativity plays that has survived from the medieval period. Both the author and the exact date of publication are unknown, but this mystery play is thought to date from the mid-fifteenth century. Like Everyman, it is a good example of the religious influence on early European drama.
The Chester Pageant of Noah's Flood is another early English mystery play. It dates from the mid-fifteenth century and was so popular that it was still being performed late into the sixteenth century.
The York Cycle of the Creation and the Fall of Lucifer is one of the earliest mystery plays. Like many other medieval dramas, the author is unknown and the exact date of publication is also undiscovered.
Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus is an Elizabethan example of how morality plays influenced the drama of the late-sixteenth century. Archetype characters, though more developed than in morality plays, are still easily recognizable in this play.
The Chester Pageant of the Harrowing of Hell could easily serve as a model for the last scene in Dr. Faustus. The descent of Christ into hell was a popular medieval legend that appeared in many of the mystery plays.
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