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date: 19 September 2020

morality play 

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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. The so-called Dance of Death, a literary/visual representation of the coming of death to an unheeding and worldly society, is the subject of the well-known ... ...

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