Narrative Bible Cycles in Medieval Art and Drama


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

In order to account for the distinctive selection and arrangement of episodes in the Corpus Christi cycles, critics have usually turned to the general liturgy of the church, to the corpus of Latin liturgical drama, to the ecclesiastical documents promoting the establishment of Corpus Christi as an official church holiday, or to the liturgy with which the feast is celebrated. In this paper I want to propose that it is the traditional selection of biblical episodes in the pictorial art of the Middle Ages which best accounts for the subject matter and chronological pattern of the later English mystery cycles.

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