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For Pleasure and Profit: Six Dutch Rhetoricians Plays Volume 1: Three Biblical Plays ed. & trans. Elsa Strietman & Peter Happé (2006)

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METh Modern Spelling Texts
The Chester Moses, Balaak and Balaam (1983) edited John McKinnell [low stock]
The Chester Antichrist (1983) edited Meg Twycross [low stock]
Terence in English: That Girl from Andros (1987) edited Meg Twycross
Three Mary Plays from the York Cycle: the Death, Assumption, and Coronation of the Virgin (1988) edited John McKinnell
Mary of Nemmegen (1993) edited John McKinnell
METh Texts in Translation
The Nun who left her Abbey (1987) translated Nigel Wilkins
Esmoreit Prince of Sicily (1989) translated Jane Oakshott and Elsa Strietman [low stock]
METh Monographs
Peter Happé Song in Morality Plays and Interludes (1991) hardback
Other
Evil on the Medieval Stage (1992) edited Meg Twycross

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    For Pleasure and Profit: Six Dutch Rhetoricians Plays Volume 1: Three Biblical Plays
    edited and translated Elsa Strietman and Peter Happé (2006)

    ISBN 13-digit: 978-0-86386-013-3
    ISBN 10-digit: 086386 013 3
    Paperback, perfect binding: 187 pages

    Three Dutch plays with facing-page English translation:
            Van die Becooringe des Duvels hoe hi Christus becoorden ‘The Temptation by the Devil, how he tempted Christ’ (1530s?);
            Het Spel van de V vroede ende van de V dwaeze Maegden ‘The Play of the Five Wise and the Five Foolish Virgins’ (early 16th century);
            Tspeel van Susanna ‘The Play of Susanna’ 1607).
    The plays are theatrical, contemporary, and very funny. The Five Foolish Virgins are late for the coming of the Bridegroom because they have been indulging in a very Dutch feast of waffles. The chief comedians are the sinnekens, sinister but charming tempter figures who work in pairs to egg on and then trip up the wicked characters. A fascinating and enlightening comparison with English biblical plays of the same period.
    Volume 2, Three Classical Plays, will be published in 2009.

     

    £12   plus P&P:   UK £1.60   EUR £3.45   OS £5.75            

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    The Chester Moses, Balaak and Balaam (1983) edited John McKinnell

    ISBN 13-digit: 978-0-86386-002-7
    ISBN 10-digit: 086386 002 8
    Paperback, pamphlet binding: 16 pages
    Medieval English Theatre Modern-Spelling Texts

    The Chester mystery play in modern spelling (not in translation) with marginal glosses, an introduction, and short bibliography. Designed for use as an acting edition. A major feature is the famous speaking ass, which sees the angel blocking Balaam's path when its master the prophet does not. The play ends with a Processus Prophetarum.

    £2.50   plus P&P:   UK 80p   EUR £1.50   OS £2                



    The Chester Antichrist (1983) edited Meg Twycross

    ISBN 13-digit: 978-0-86386-004-4
    ISBN 10-digit: 086386 004 4
    Paperback, pamphlet binding: 24 pages
    Medieval English Theatre Modern-Spelling Texts

    The Chester mystery play in modern spelling (not translation) with marginal glosses, an introduction, and short bibliography. Designed for use as an acting edition. A spectacular play full of special effects, including trees that turn upside down, a diabolical Descent of the Spirit parodying Pentecost, sword fights, and a flamboyant anti-hero. A late-medieval horror movie.

    £2.50   plus P&P:   UK 80p    EUR £1.50   OS £2                



    Terence in English: That Girl from Andros (1987) edited Meg Twycross

    ISBN 13-digit: 978-0-86386-006-5
    ISBN 10-digit: 086386 006 0
    Paperback, perfect binding: 142 pages
    Medieval English Theatre Modern-Spelling Texts

    A surprisingly racy translation, c.1500 and printed in 1530, of the Andria of Terence, the archetypal Roman comedy. Set in ancient Athens, it involves a tyrannical father, an amorous son, a deserted heroine, a wily slave, and a suporting cast of eccentric characters, all stirred together in a dizzy brew of intrigue and misunderstanding that comes right at the very last moment. Detailed notes, and introduction.

     

    £9    plus P&P:    UK £1.30    EUR £2.40    OS £3.60                


    Three Mary Plays from the York Cycle: the Death, Assumption, and Coronation of the Virgin (1988) edited John McKinnell

    ISBN 13-digit: 978-0-86386-008-9
    ISBN 10-digit: 086386 008 7
    Paperback, perfect binding: 58 pages
    Medieval English Theatre Modern-Spelling Texts

    The sequence of elaborate pageants in honour of the Virgin performed at the end of the York Corpus Christi Play immediately before the grand finale of Doomsday. An appendix gives the six songs from the Assumption, transcribed from the manuscript but transposed down a fourth for modern voices. This acting text was prepared for the waggon plays at the York Festival in 1988. With Introduction and on-page glosses.

     

    £5.50   plus P&P:   UK £1   EUR £1.70   OS £2.20                


    Mary of Nemmegen (1993) edited John McKinnell

    ISBN 13-digit: 978-0-86386-012-6
    ISBN 10-digit: 086386 012 5
    Paperback, perfect binding: 102 pages
    Medieval English Theatre Modern-Spelling Texts

    An acting edition of the 1518 chapbook translation of the Dutch Mariken van Nieumeghen published in 1515. This sensational story, which tells with great psychological realism how and why an intelligent girl came to sell herself to the one-eyed Devil Moonen, and how she repented and escaped, is not presented as a play in either of the printed versions, but they have a strongly dramatic flavour, and the text can easily be turnd into one: this version was acted by the Durham Medieval Drama Group in 1989.
    There is an extensive introduction and notes, with appendices containing the English chapbook version, complete with woodcuts; a translation of Masscheroen, the play within a play; and steps for suitable dances.


    £9   plus P&P:   UK £1.30    EUR £2.40   OS £3.60                


    The Nun who left her Abbey (1987) translated Nigel Wilkins

    ISBN 13-digit: 978-0-86386-007-2
    ISBN 10-digit: 086386 007 9
    Paperback, perfect binding: 64 pages
    Medieval English Theatre Texts in Translation

    One of the 14th-century Miracles de Nostre Dame performed by the Guild of Goldsmiths in Paris. La Nonne qui laissa son abbaie (1345), tells how a nun elopes from her abbey with a dashing knight. For two nights the statue of Our Lady bars her way, but on the third she eludes her and flees with her lover. After thirty years of marriage and two children Our Lady appears to her and delivers an ultimatum: she must return to her abbey or face the fires of hell. She is welcomed back with great rejoicing and the Knight becomes a monk. Acting version with introduction, short bibliography, and suggestions for the musical settings.


    £5.50   plus P&P:   UK £1    EUR £1.70    OS £2                


    Esmoreit Prince of Sicily (1989) translated Jane Oakshott and Elsa Strietman

    ISBN 13-digit: 978-0-86386-009-6
    ISBN 10-digit: 086386 009 5
    Paperback, pamphlet: 22 pages
    Medieval English Theatre Texts in Translation

    How he was sold by his wicked uncle to a Saracen magician, with all that followed. One of the Dutch abele spelen, a genre of theatrical romances of which there are only traces in English medieval theatre. Very actable. This version premièred by the Joculatores Lancastrienses in 1989.


    £4.50   plus P&P:   UK £1    EUR £1.70    OS £2                


    Peter Happé Song in Morality Plays and Interludes (1991)

    ISBN 13-digit: 978-0-86386-011-9
    ISBN 10-digit: 086386 011 7
    Hardback: 121 pages
    METh Monographs

    Collects together all the many instances of song and song-cues in secular plays from c. 1425 to 1590. An invaluable tool for readers interested in Renaissance and popular music as well as those involved in early theatre.


    £16   plus P&P:   UK £1.60    EUR £3.30    OS £5.40                


    Evil on the Medieval Stage (1992) edited with an introduction by Meg Twycross

    ISBN 13-digit: 978-0-86386-010-2
    ISBN 10-digit: 086386 010 9
    Paperback, perfect binding: 186 pages

    Papers (in French and English) from the Sixth Triennial Colloquium of the International Society for the Study of Medieval Theatre (1989), by André Lascombes, John Brown, Peter Happé, Hans-Jürgen Diller, Marco Piccat, Cecilia Pietropoli, Alexandra F. Johnston, Helène Charpentier, Roberta Mullini, Geoff Lester, Rosemary E. Chaplan, Garrett P.J. Epp, Andrew Taylor, and Henk Gras.
    Also published as Medieval English Theatre volume 11.


    £8   plus P&P:   UK £1.60    EUR £2.60    OS £4.20                




                   

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