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York Mystery Plays

A Selection in Modern Spelling

Edited by Richard Beadle and Pamela M. King

25 June 2009

ISBN: 9780199552535

320 pages

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99



This volume is the only paperback to offer the main body of the plays which make up York's famous Corpus Christi cycle. The selection here emphasises the scope of the oldest and best-preserved of the English Mystery cycles, and the modern spelling, detailed notes, and general introduction make the volume particularly useful for both readers and actors.

  • The only edition of the major York plays in modern spelling

About the Author(s)

Edited by Richard Beadle, University Lecturer in English and Fellow, St John's College, Cambridge, and Pamela M. King, Head of Department of English, St Martins College, Lancaster

Table of Contents

    The Barkers - The Fall of Angels
    The Coopers - The Fall of Man
    The Shipwrights - The Building of the Ark
    The Fishers and Mariners - The Flood
    The Hosiers - Moses and Pharaoh
    The Pewterers and Founders - Joseph's Trouble about Mary
    The Tilethatchers - The Nativity
    The Masons; The Goldsmiths - Herod and The Magi
    The Marshals - The Flight into Egypt
    The Girdlers and Nailers - The Slaughter of the Innocents
    The Smiths - The Temptation
    The Skinners - The Entry into Jerusalem
    The Cutlers - The Conspiricy
    The Bowers and Fletchers - Christ before Annas and Caiaphas
    The Tapiters and Couchers - Christ before Pilate
    The Litsters - Christ before Herod
    The Tilemakers - Christ before Pilate (2)
    The Pinners - The Crucifixion
    The Butchers - The Death of Christ
    The Saddlers - The Harrowing of Hell
    The Carpenters - The Resurrection
    The Mercers - The Last Judgement


This edition benefits from detailed notes and an introduction which examines the history of the mystery plays and discusses the immensely popular modern productions in York and elsewhere. - Richard Foster, Yorkshire Evening Press

Here in OUP's World Classic series we are presented with 22 of them written in modern style, making them more readable. The selection gives a good idea of what these plays were all about. - Bill Spence, Yorkshire Gazette & Herald