The Durham Play of Mary and the Poor Knight: Sources and Analogues of a Lost English Miracle Play


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

Judging from the number of extant texts and documented performances, plays depicting the life and miracles of the Virgin delighted audiences across the breadth of medieval Europe for well over three centuries. Today the Marian miracle play is perhaps most commonly associated with fourteenth-century Paris due to the survival of the forty plays known collectively as the Miracles de Nostre Dame par personnages in the famous Cangé manuscripts (Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds français 819 and 820). During the Middle Ages, however, the genre flourished throughout the Continent. Examples are preserved in libraries scattered from Sweden to the Mediterranean and from Spain to Poland.

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