Beadle, Richard. Introduction to The York Plays, edited by Richard Beadle, pp. 10-45. London: Edward Arnold, 1982.
A survey of important textual, historical, and performance issues. Beadle provides a thorough evaluation of the Ashburnam manuscript; the origins, early history, and mode of performing the York cycle; and a bibliographic guide to principal developments in the critical history of these plays.
——. "Poetry, Theology and Drama in the York Creation and Fall of Lucifer." In Religion in the Poetry and Drama of the Late Middle Ages in England, edited by Piero Boitani and Anna Torti, pp. 213-27. Cambridge: D. S....
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