Friday, February 23, 2007

Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays

Editor: A. C. Cawley

Quote: Everyman: O Death, thou comest when I had thee least in mind! In thy power it lieth me to save; Yet of my good will I give thee, if thou will be kind: Yeah, a thousand pounds shalt thou have, And defer this matter till another day.
Death: Everyman, it may not be, by no way.

Why you should read this book: It's chiefly relevant to those interested in the history of English theater, or Christian thought, or medieval culture, and yet there's a lot to appreciate in these lay versions of religious stories, written by local poets and performed in the street by common laborers.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Calling a character "Everyman" is a little too blunt for your tastes.

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