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date: 28 October 2020

morality play 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
John Wesley HarrisJohn Wesley Harris

A popular genre of medieval theatre in Europe. Although there are examples from the tenth century onwards, moral plays do not become frequent until the early fourteenth century, when their marked increase was probably a result of the Christian Church stressing the need for regular confession and penance to ensure God's forgiveness, reinforced by the presence of the Black Death, which threatened to snatch people away at any moment with their sins upon their heads. Indeed, the Plague's presence produced a drama called ... ...

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