Robing and Its Significance in English Mystery Plays

  • Martial Rose
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


English medieval mystery plays flourished during the fifteenth and the first half of the sixteenth centuries. They were performed in cities and country towns as out-of-door productions, at first at the time of the feast of Corpus Christi (first Thursday after Trinity Sunday), but later over the Whitsun holiday. An early characteristic of the Corpus Christi celebration was an elaborate procession in which the Host was carried aloft in the company of the district’s chief ecclesiastical and lay representatives clad in their ceremonial robes.


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