One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A popular medieval play based on biblical stories or the lives of the saints.Also called miracle play
- ‘It's not a great mystery play, it's not the best of hers, but it is a very solid one.’
- ‘In the later medieval period mystery plays were one popular form in which Gospel stories (particularly, but not exclusively, Passion stories) were told.’
- ‘Based on performances of medieval mystery plays, scenes will be performed on a large farm trailer that will be moved to different locations in the High Street.’
- ‘They are the earliest known example of a type of Medieval drama also known as miracle or mystery plays.’
- ‘Local school pupils will entertain the crowds, an Irish dance troupe will demonstrate traditional steps and a storyteller will present a mystery play.’
Mystery plays were performed by members of trade guilds in Europe from the 13th century, in churches or later on wagons or temporary stages along a route, frequently introducing apocryphal and satirical elements. Several cycles of plays survive in association with particular English cities and towns
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