From Stage to Page - Medieval and Renaissance Drama

The Chester Cycle

The following texts were prepared by comparing the 1892 Deimling and Matthews edition of The Chester Mystery Cycle with the 1974 Lumiansky and Mills Edition. Though the play numbers have been altered between 16 and 25 (despite the fact that 16 and 17 are largely redundant), the play order follows Lumiansky and Mills, as do most of the emendations. This collection does not yet include the variant plays included in the appendices of Lumiansky and Mills. The plays are here presented in their entirety, but the process is not complete. As this electronic edition progresses, the texts presented here will be scrutinized in relationship to the eight extant mss.

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01. The Fall of Lucifer. The Tanners.
02. The Creation & Fall, & Death of Abel. The Drapers.
03. Noah's Flood. The Waterleaders & Drawers of Dee.
04. The Histories of Abraham. Lot, Melchysedeck, & Isaac. The Barbers.
05. Moses & the Law. Balaam & Balaack. The Cappers.
06. The Annunciation & Nativity. Prophecies. The Wrights.
07. The Play of the Shepherds. The Painters.
08. The Three Kings Come to Herod. The Vintners.
09. Offering of the Three Kings. The Mercers.
10. The Slaughter of the Innocents. The Goldsmiths.
11. The Purification. Christ & the Doctors. The Blacksmiths.
12. The Temptation in the Desert. Woman Taken in Adultery. The Butchers.
13. Cure of the Blind Man. Raising of Lazarus. The Glovers.
14. Christ & the Leper Simon. Money-lenders. Judas' Plot. The Corvisors.
15. The Last Supper. Betrayal of Christ. The Bakers.
16. Trial & Scourging of Christ. The Fletchers, Bowyers, Coopers, & Stringers.
17. The Passion and Death of Christ. The Ironmongers.
18. The Harrowing of Hell. The Cooks.
19. The Resurrection & the Three Maries. The Skinners.
20. The Pilgrims of Emmaus. Doubting Thomas. The Saddlers.
21. The Ascension. The Tailors.
22. The Pentecost. The Fishmongers.
23. Prophecies of Antichrist and Doomsday. The Clothworkers.
24. Antichrist. The Dyers.
25. The Last Judgement. The Websters.

Text Files

01. The Fall of Lucifer. The Tanners.
02. The Creation & Fall, & Death of Abel. The Drapers.
03. Noah's Flood. The Waterleaders & Drawers of Dee.
04. The Histories of Abraham. Lot, Melchysedeck, & Isaac. The Barbers.
05. Moses & the Law. Balaam & Balaack. The Cappers.
06. The Annunciation & Nativity. Prophecies. The Wrights.
07. The Play of the Shepherds. The Painters.
08. The Three Kings Come to Herod. The Vintners.
09. Offering of the Three Kings. The Mercers.
10. The Slaughter of the Innocents. The Goldsmiths.
11. The Purification. Christ & the Doctors. The Blacksmiths.
12. The Temptation in the Desert. Woman Taken in Adultery. The Butchers.
13. Cure of the Blind Man. Raising of Lazarus. The Glovers.
14. Christ & the Leper Simon. Money-lenders. Judas' Plot. The Corvisors.
15. The Last Supper. Betrayal of Christ. The Bakers.
16. Trial & Scourging of Christ. The Fletchers, Bowyers, Coopers, & Stringers.
17. The Passion and Death of Christ. The Ironmongers.
18. The Harrowing of Hell. The Cooks.
19. The Resurrection & the Three Maries. The Skinners.
20. The Pilgrims of Emmaus. Doubting Thomas. The Saddlers.
21. The Ascension. The Tailors.
22. The Pentecost. The Fishmongers.
23. Prophecies of Antichrist and Doomsday. The Clothworkers.
24. Antichrist. The Dyers.
25. The Last Judgement. The Websters.

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