Corresponding Material Between N-Town and Other Late Medieval English Plays

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Corresponding Material Between N-Town and Other Late Medieval English Plays

by: Douglas Sugano (Editor)
from: The N-Town Plays  2007

Play sequences in bold existed as separate playbooks (Mary Play [MP], Passion Play 1 [PP1], and Passion Play 2 [PP2]) before their introduction into the manuscript. Play numbers for Chester are from Chester Mystery Cycle, ed. Lumiansky and Mills; play numbers for Towneley are from Towneley Plays, ed. Stevens and Cawley; and play numbers for York are from York Plays, ed. Beadle.
 
N-Town Chester Towneley York Others
Banns Banns Play of the Sacrament;
Castle of Perseverance
1. Creation of Heaven; Fall of Lucifer 1 1 1, 2
2. Creation of the World; Fall of Man 2a 2 3, 4, 5, 6 Norwich Grocer’s Play
3. Cain and Abel 2b 2 7
4. Noah 3 3 8, 9 Newcastle Play
5. Abraham and Isaac 4b 5 10 Brome, Northamp­ton Abraham and Isaac Plays
6. Moses 5a
7. Root of Jesse 7
8. Joachim and Anne (MP)
9. Presentation of Mary in the Temple (MP)
10. Marriage of Mary and Joseph (MP)
11. Parliament of Heaven; Sal­u­tation and Conception (MP) 6a 10 12 Coventry Shearmen and Tailors
12. Joseph’s Doubt 13 Coventry Shearmen and Tailors
13. Visit to Elizabeth (MP) 11 12
14. Trial of Mary and Joseph
15. Nativity 6b 14
16. Shepherds 7 12, 13 15 Coventry Shearmen and Tailors
18. Magi
[There is no play 17 in the MS.]
8, 9 14 16 Coventry Shearman and Tailors
19. Purification 11a 17 17 Coventry Shearman and Tailors,
Digby Killing of Children
20. Slaughter of the Innocents; Death of Herod 10 16 19 Coventry Shearman and Tailors,
Digby Killing of Children
21. Christ and the Doctors 11b 18 20 Coventry Shearman and Tailors
22. Baptism 19 21
23. Parliament of Hell; Temptation 12a 22
24. Woman Taken in Adultery 12b 24a
25. Raising of Lazarus 13b 31 24b
26. Conspiracy; Entry into Jerusalem (PP1) 20 25, 26
27. Last Supper; Conspiracy with Judas (PP1) 14a, 14b, 15a 20 23a, 27
28. Betrayal; Procession of Saints (PP1) 15b 20 28
29. Herod; Trial before Annas and Cayphas (PP2) 16 22 29, 31
30. Death of Judas; Trials before Pilate and Herod (PP2) 16 22, 32 30a, 30b, 32
31. Satan and Pilate’s Wife; Second Trial before Pilate (PP2) 22 30, 33
32. Procession to Calvary; Crucifixion (PP2) 16a 23, 24 34, 35, 36
33. Harrowing of Hell (1) (PP2) 17 25 37
34. Burial; Guarding of the Sepulcher (PP2) Christ’s Burial (Bodleian e Museo 160)
35. Harrowing of Hell (2); Appearance to Mary; Pilate and Soldiers 17, 18 25 37
36. Announcement to the Marys; Peter and John at the Sepulcher 18 26 38 Christ’s Resur­rec­tion (Bodleian e Museo 160)
37. Appearance to Mary Magdalene 39 Christ’s Resur­rec­tion (Bodleian e Museo 160)
38. Cleophas and Luke; Appearance to Thomas 19 27, 28 40, 41
39. Ascension; Selection of Matthias 20 29 42
40. Pentecost 21 43
41. Assumption of Mary 44, 45, 46
42. Judgment Day 24 30 47  

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