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DescriptionType of DramaExamples
Drama that accounted the life of a saint/focused on martyrdom or miracles of saints/particularly about St Nicholas or the Virgin MaryJean Bodel’s Le Jeu de Saint Nicolas (ca 1200 AD)/banned by Henry VIII
Among the earliest formally developed plays in medieval Europe/focused on Bible stories/with accompanying antiphonal song/performed in cycles which could last for days/pageant wagoChester cycle, Wakefield cycle, York cycle, N-Town plays (or Hegge or Ludus Coventriae cycle), The Second Shepherds' Play
Easter pageant depicting the trial, suffering and death of Jesus ChristBenedictbeurn Play, Vienna, St Gall, Frankfort, and Maestricht plays
originates from the Mass itself, and usually presents a relatively complex ritual that includes theatrical elementsWhom Do You Seek? (Qeum-Quaeritis)/Regularis Concordia (Monastic Agreement)
Early Tudor dramas/known at the time as Interludes/allegory in where protagonist is met by personifications of various moral attributes prompting him to choose godliness over evilOrdo Virtutum (Order of the Virtues), Everyman/The Castle of Perseverance

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