Magnyfycence: A Moral Play, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover


A Moral Play, 1st Edition

By John Skelton


100 pages

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First published in 1906, this edition of Magnyfycence aimed to highlight the true significance of the play within both the canon of John Skelton’s work and English drama. Robert Lee Ramsay situates Magnyfycence as a morality play which functioned as a bridge between medieval miracle plays and the modern comedy. He demonstrates the text’s significance as the first example of a play by an English man of letters and our first example of a secular and literary rather than theological morality play. This edition features an extensive scholarly introduction exploring areas such as the staging, versification, sources and characterisation, followed by the Middle-English text itself along with glosses.

Table of Contents

Part 1. 1. Editions. 2. Date. 3. Plot. 4. Dramatis Personæ. 5. Staging. 6. Versification. 7. Sources. 8. Characterization. 9. Satire. Part 2. 1. External Changes. 2. Versification. 3. Plot. 4. Cast. 5. Characterization. Part 3. Magnyfycence.

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