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N-Town plays


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    • Ludus Coventriae
    • British Library. Manuscript. Cotton Vespasian D VIII
    • Coventry plays
    • Hegge plays
    • N. town manuscript
    • N-Town cycle
    • Ludus Coventriae cycle
    • Hegge cycle
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  • Earlier Established Forms

    • Coventry plays
    • Ludus Coventriae
  • Sources

    • found: New Cambr. bibl. of Eng. lit.:v. 1, column 733 (distinguishes between "Ludus Coventriae (or Hegge plays or N-Town cycle)" and "The Coventry plays (or True-Coventry plays)")
    • found: Cambr. hist. of Eng. lit.:v. 5, p. 48 (collection of plays ... preserved in a MS of 1468, with the much later title Ludus Coventriae; whence they are generally known as Coventry plays. Their Coventry origin is a matter of doubt ... and the collection has certainly nothing whatever to do with the Corpus Christi plays of the Coventry crafts)
    • found: The Mary play from the N. town manuscript, 1987.
    • found: Encyc. Britannica online, Sept. 8, 2008(N-Town plays: an English cycle of 42 scriptural (or "mystery") plays dating from the second half of the 15th century and so called because an opening proclamation refers to performance "in N. town." The cycle is preserved in the Hegge Manuscript, so called after its 17th-century owner, Sir Robert Hegge, and it is therefore sometimes referred to as the Hegge cycle. On the flyleaf of the Hegge Manuscript is written "Ludus Conventriae" ("Play of Coventry"), and until the 19th century it was believed that the plays represented the Coventry cycle, until individual plays from Coventry were discovered and found to be totally different from equivalent plays in the N-Town cycle)
    • found: The Oxford encyc. of British lit., 2006:v. 4, p. 62 (the N-Town plays; former name, Ludus Coventriae)
    • found: The Continuum encyc. of British lit., 2003:p. 700 (the N-Town cycle; previously attributed to Coventry and now known to be from East Anglia; 42 plays)
    • found: The Bloomsbury dict. of English lit., 1997:p. 197 (There are four major play cycles extant: the York, Chester, Wakefield, and N-Town cycles) p. 484 (N-Town Cycle. A collection of plays, recounting episodes from Christian history, formerly called the Ludus Coventriae Cycle because it was mistakenly linked to the town of Coventry)
    • found: Wikipedia, Sept. 8, 2008(The N-Town Plays (also called the Hegge Cycle and the Ludus Coventriae cycle) are a cycle of 42 medieval Mystery plays from between 1450 and 1500; manuscript is now housed in the British Library, London (BL MS Cotton Vespasian D.8); previously erroneously assumed that manuscript contained the Biblical plays performed in Coventry, and so they were named Ludus Coventriae; later called Hegge Plays after their former owner, Robert Hegge; the most common way to refer to these plays now is The N-Town Plays)
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    • 1980-08-25: new
    • 2008-09-10: revised
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