The Mass on the Medieval Stage


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

The Mass is dramatized or provides a dramatic element in plays from all the main language groups of medieval drama. Two principal types of plays can be distinguished: the sacramental plays where the essential element is the Corpus Domini and the exegesis of the doctrine of Transubstantiation; and the biblical plays of the Last Supper with the types and figures of the Institution of the Eucharist of Maundy Thursday. There are, in addition, three plays which specify an actual on-stage re-enactment of the Mass.1

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