Sunday, May 09, 2010

Morality Play

I've recently finished reading another medieval book, Morality Play by Barry Unsworth. This brings me up to five--four more to go to be a King!

This was a great mystery and after having read A Distant Mirror, I could tell that it clearly fit into the 14th century with the 100 years war as background, as well as the Black Death. I especially liked how the main character struggled with the philosophical/theological implications of being a player rather than a priest. Also, I hadn't thought about how a play about a specific current event would be so different to medieval audiences who were used to plays from the Scriptures or from accepted moral stories. The implications of who gets to make meaning out of circumstances are huge.

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