Wakefield Plays

Wakefield Plays:

see Towneley PlaysTowneley Plays,
a cycle of 32 plays preserved in a manuscript of c.1460 by the Towneleys, a Lancashire family. Intended for production by the guilds of Wakefield, they are sometimes called the Wakefield Plays.
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; miracle playsmiracle play
or mystery play,
form of medieval drama that came from dramatization of the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. It developed from the 10th to the 16th cent., reaching its height in the 15th cent.
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Perhaps the most interesting of them all are the Wakefield plays. They are also called the Townley plays, from the name of the family who possessed the manuscript for a long time.
(10) For the translation of without as 'unless' elsewhere in the Wakefield plays, see Cawley, p.
Chapter 2 compares ways in which the N-Town and Wakefield plays staged the claims of English versus Latin.
The "foles of Gotham" are mentioned in the 15th-century Wakefield plays. The Merrie Tales of the Mad Men of Gotham , a collection of their jests, was first published in the 16th century.
One day I brought him my Wakefield plays. He read them and smiled, and pronounced one sentence that changed the course of my writing.
Alfred the Great (1972), Our Father's Failing (1973), and Alfred Dies (1976), collectively known as The Wakefield Plays, are set in Horovitz's hometown in Massachusetts.
Wakefield plays A cycle of 32 scriptural (or mystery) plays written in the early 15th century that were performed regularly at Wakefield, a town in the north of England, as part of the summertime religious festival of Corpus Christi.