Examines vernacular saint plays in French, Italian, and English from the thirteenth through sixteenth centuries. This book focuses on the genre of hagiographic drama as an expression of popular religion and popular culture in the Middle Ages, serving as a test of modern theories pertaining to popular culture.
Diane Murphy is Associate Professor of Humanities at Unity College.
Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1. Saint Plays and Popular Culture; 2. Cultic Traditions; 3. Social Change and Religious Drama; 4. Aesthetic Conventions in the Saint Plays; 5. Issues of Reception; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index.