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Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)
The particular plays that have been selected to form the basis for this study are especially well suited for this purpose. They are, first of all, plays which enjoyed a long popularity (from the early 1300’s to the late l500's). Consequently their validity as reflections or contemporary religious thinking is strengthened. In the second place, these particular plays were produced and performed, not by professional dramatists and actors, but by the ordinary people of England. And so their claim of being the reflection of the thoughts of the common people is also strengthened. In addition, since these plays are examples of plays from four distinct population areas, and since they represent in the aggregate a total of almost one hundred fifty separate dramatic productions, it is hoped that they will prove to portray a fairly accurate cross section of religious expression.
Streufert, Kenneth, "Popular Religious Thought in Medieval England as Reflected in the Mystery Play Cycles of York, Toweley, Coventry, and Chester" (1957). Bachelor of Divinity. 547.
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