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The York Cycle

The following texts were prepared by comparing the 1885 Smith edition of The York Plays with the 1982 Beadle Edition. The plays are here presented in their entirety, but the process is not complete. As this electronic edition progresses, the texts will likely resemble Smith's edition in more ways than it does now. The one major difference (in which this electronic version resembles Smith) is the inclusion of Play 41, The Purification of Mary: the Beadle editions does not (perhaps for good reason) include this play. Whether or not it belongs to the collection, it is included here for historical purposes. Though the plays are numbered to this point the same in Beadle and Smith, the addition of this play changes the similitude of the numbering after this point. The fragment of The Coronation of Our Lady is added also as play 47a.

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i. The Barkers. The Creation, Fall of Lucifer.
ii. Playsterers. The Creation to the Fifth Day.
iii. Cardmakers. God Creates Adam and Eve.
iv. Fullers. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
v. Cowpers. Man's Disobedience and Fall.
vi. Armourers. Adam and Eve driven from Eden.
vii. Glovers. Sacrificium Cayme et Abell.
viii. Shipwrites. Building of the Ark.
ix. Fysshers and Marynars. Noah and the Flood.
x. Parchmyners and Bokebynders. Abraham's Sacrifice.
xi. The Hoseers. The Israelites in Egypt, the Ten Plagues, and Passage of the Red Sea.
xii. Spicers. Annunciation, and visit of Elizabeth to Mary.
xiii. Pewtereres and Foundours. Joseph's Trouble About Mary.
xiv. Tille-thekers. Journey to Bethlehem: Birth of Jesus.
xv. Chaundelers. The Angels and the Shepherds.
xvi. Masonns. Coming of the Three Kings to Herod.
xvii. Goldsmyths. Coming of the three Kings, the Adoration.
xviii. Marchallis. Flight into Egypt.
xix. Gyrdillers and Naylers. Massacre of the Innocents.
xx. Sporiers and Lorimers. Christ with the Doctors in the Temple.
xxi. Barbours. Baptism of Jesus.
xxii. Smythis. Temptation of Jesus.
xxiii. Coriours. The Transfiguration.
xxiv. Cappemakers. Woman Taken in Adultery. Raising of Lazarus.
xxv. Skynners. Entry into Jerusalem.
xxvi. Cutleleres. Conspiracy to Take Jesus.
xxvii. Baxteres. The Last Supper.
xxviii. Cordewaners. The Agony and Betrayal.
xxix. Bowers and Flecchers. Peter Denies Jesus: Jesus Examined by Caiaphas.
xxx. Tapiterers and Couchers. Dream of Pilate's Wife: Jesus Before Pilate.
xxxi. Lytsteres. Trial before Herod.
xxxii. Cokis and Waterlederes. Second Accusation before Pilate: Remorse of Judas: Purchase of Field of Blood.
xxxiii. Tyllemakers. Second Trial Continued: Judgment on Jesus.
xxxiv. Shermen. Christ Led up to Calvary.
xxxv. Pynneres and Paynters. Crucifixio Christi.
xxxvi. Bocheres. Mortificacio Christi.
xxxvii. Sadilleres. Harrowing of Hell.
xxxviii. Carpenteres. Resurrection: Fright of the Jews.
xxxix. Wyne-drawers. Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalen after the Resurrection.
xl. The Sledmen. Travellers to Emmaus.
xli. Hatmakers, Masons, and Laborers. Purification of Mary: Simeon and Anna Prophesy.
xlii. Escreueneres. Incredulity of Thomas.
xliii. Tailoures. The Ascension.
xliv. Potteres. Descent of the Holy Spirit.
xlv. Draperes. The Death of Mary.
xlvi. Wefferes. Appearance of our Lady to Thomas.
xlvii. Osteleres. Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin.
xlvii-a. Inholders. Coronation of Our Lady.
xlviii. Merceres. The Judgement Day.

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i. The Barkers. The Creation, Fall of Lucifer.
ii. Playsterers. The Creation to the Fifth Day.
iii. Cardmakers. God Creates Adam and Eve.
iv. Fullers. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
v. Cowpers. Man's Disobedience and Fall.
vi. Armourers. Adam and Eve driven from Eden.
vii. Glovers. Sacrificium Cayme et Abell.
viii. Shipwrites. Building of the Ark.
ix. Fysshers and Marynars. Noah and the Flood.
x. Parchmyners and Bokebynders. Abraham's Sacrifice.
xi. The Hoseers. The Israelites in Egypt, the Ten Plagues, and Passage of the Red Sea.
xii. Spicers. Annunciation, and visit of Elizabeth to Mary.
xiii. Pewtereres and Foundours. Joseph's Trouble About Mary.
xiv. Tille-thekers. Journey to Bethlehem: Birth of Jesus.
xv. Chaundelers. The Angels and the Shepherds.
xvi. Masonns. Coming of the Three Kings to Herod.
xvii. Goldsmyths. Coming of the three Kings, the Adoration.
xviii. Marchallis. Flight into Egypt.
xix. Gyrdillers and Naylers. Massacre of the Innocents.
xx. Sporiers and Lorimers. Christ with the Doctors in the Temple.
xxi. Barbours. Baptism of Jesus.
xxii. Smythis. Temptation of Jesus.
xxiii. Coriours. The Transfiguration.
xxiv. Cappemakers. Woman Taken in Adultery. Raising of Lazarus.
xxv. Skynners. Entry into Jerusalem.
xxvi. Cutleleres. Conspiracy to Take Jesus.
xxvii. Baxteres. The Last Supper.
xxviii. Cordewaners. The Agony and Betrayal.
xxix. Bowers and Flecchers. Peter Denies Jesus: Jesus Examined by Caiaphas.
xxx. Tapiterers and Couchers. Dream of Pilate's Wife: Jesus Before Pilate.
xxxi. Lytsteres. Trial before Herod.
xxxii. Cokis and Waterlederes. Second Accusation before Pilate: Remorse of Judas: Purchase of Field of Blood.
xxxiii. Tyllemakers. Second Trial Continued: Judgment on Jesus.
xxxiv. Shermen. Christ Led up to Calvary.
xxxv. Pynneres and Paynters. Crucifixio Christi.
xxxvi. Bocheres. Mortificacio Christi.
xxxvii. Sadilleres. Harrowing of Hell.
xxxviii. Carpenteres. Resurrection: Fright of the Jews.
xxxix. Wyne-drawers. Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalen after the Resurrection.
xl. The Sledmen. Travellers to Emmaus.
xli. Hatmakers, Masons, and Laborers. Purification of Mary: Simeon and Anna Prophesy.
xlii. Escreueneres. Incredulity of Thomas.
xliii. Tailoures. The Ascension.
xliv. Potteres. Descent of the Holy Spirit.
xlv. Draperes. The Death of Mary.
xlvi. Wefferes. Appearance of our Lady to Thomas.
xlvii. Osteleres. Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin.
xlvii-a. Inholders. Coronation of Our Lady.
xlviii. Merceres. The Judgement Day.

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