The Staging of the First Murder in the Mystery Plays in England


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

The killing of Abel is reported very briefly in Genesis: "Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and slew him."1 The writers of the mystery cycles had no canonical indication of what exactly took place except that the murder of Abel was in the open air ("egrediamur foras"); nor is there any identification of a weapon. The playwrights had to make up their own minds.

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