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The Trinity in Medieval Drama


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Although drama has been closely associated with religious rites in many ages and in many parts of the world, only Christianity of all the great world religions has produced a drama that can truly be called a theophany and that at only one period of its history: the high Middle Ages. For medieval drama does not only put God on the stage as a deus ex machina or part of a ritual enactment; it portrays in most intimate and revealing detail every aspect of the history of God's relationship with Man, from the Creation to the Incarnation and beyond to the end of the world. In order to do this, the dramatists go far beyond the limits of mere dramatization of biblical stories: with a sublime naiveté that robs their work of blasphemy, they lift the veil and show us the very innermost councils of the divine Trinity.

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