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Here are some World Wide Web and Internet resources for the study of Medieval and Early Renaissance Drama

Baragona's Medieval Drama Bibliography

All works available in the libraries of VMI and W&L.;

Medieval English Drama Bibliography

An excellent bibliographic site from the Robbins Library at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), including sources not listed in the previous bibliography.

Medieval Drama Links

A wonderful collection of links for medieval drama, both British and European, from Prof. Sydney Higgins of the University of Camerino. This site sponsored by the University of Leeds Workshop Theatre.

Medieval Drama Resources

Part of the Luminarium site for medieval literature, this page has links to background articles for medieval drama, bibliographies, and assorted other material.

The Early Drama, Art, and Music Project

A Research Project at the Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University.

Adam de la Halle Bibliography

A bibliography of a major figure in medieval European drama, by Jesse Hurlbut at BYU.

Le jour dou jugement: Images from a 14th-Century French Mystery Play

Another site by Jesse Hurlbut, this one with excellent manuscript illuminations of the French play.

The York Pageant Simulator

"This website, by Dennis G. Jerz, is intended to provide a gentle introduction to the York Corpus Christi Play, so that readers may better understand the significance of the computer simulation I conducted. This is also the document I would have liked to have read, before I began my own study of the York plays."

The York Cycle of Mystery Plays: York 1998 (and after)

"The York Mystery Plays are a magnificent example of medieval drama. Using the colourful language of medieval Yorkshire, they present the 'history of the world': from the mystery of God's creation of the world to the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. They were performed from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, as part of the annual celebrations of the feast of Corpus Christi, and have now been revived - to much acclaim - in twentieth-century York. This Web site contains a wealth of information on the plays and their history . . . ." Includes video clips.

 The York Cycle of Mystery Plays: Toronto 1998

"The performance of the York Cycle of Mystery Plays in Toronto on June 20, 1998 . . . under the auspices of the Poculi Ludique Societas, a society dedicated to the preservation and performance of early English drama . . . was the first outdoor processional presentation of the entire cycle of 47 surviving plays since the final performance in York in 1569. The event was a useful experiment for theatre historians interested in determining whether the entire cycle could be performed processionally on a single day. Even more importantly, however, it was also a genuinely entertaining and profoundly moving theatrical experience for audience and actors alike."

Images from play productions by Poculi Ludique Societas, 1977-1997

Theatre Marot

Courtesy of Prof. Peter Greenfield of the University of Puget Sound, this site provides photos and background information on the Dutch theater troupe's medieval and Renaissance drama productions.

E-text of The York Plays from the University of Virginia.

E-text of The Towneley Plays from the University of Virginia.

The Douay-Rheims Bible

A Catholic translation of the Vulgate Bible into English, often closer to the Latin text that medieval authors would have known than any more modern translations, Catholic or Protestant. If a student can't read the medieval Latin Vulgate itself, this is the translation to use. Also available at Catholic First and Intratext Library.

The Labyrinth

A prime site for all medieval resources on the World Wide Web.

Search the entire corpus of Middle English texts at the University of Virginia's E-Text Center. Enter a Middle English key word to search through the whole corpus. (A subscription service.)

General Bibliographies and Humanities Databases:

Online Databases and Bibliographies

A user-friendly way to search indispensable bibliographies of literary criticism when you can't walk over to the library. 

Citing Electronic Sources

A collection of links to websites with guidelines for citing material from the World Wide Web, CD-ROMs and other electronic sources.  The emphasis is on MLA format, but there is information for APA, Chicago, and Turabian, as well.

Last modified November 28, 2001