Author: Rory Mullarkey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Performing Arts
A village. A dragon. A damsel in distress. Into the story walks George: wandering knight, freedom fighter, enemy of tyrants the world over. One epic battle later and a nation is born. As the village grows into a town, and the town into a city, the myth of Saint George which once brought a people together, threatens to divide them.
The Making of English Identity
Author: Michael Collins
Publisher: Fonthill Media
St George's Day has become a topic of debate as more and more organizations promote celebrations on 23 April and more people wave the flag of St George to proclaim their allegiance and identity. But who was St George? How did this Near Eastern martyr become England's patron saint and an icon of English culture? And what is his relevance for today's secular, multicultural England? New research reveals that from the third century St George was revered as a healer, protector of women and the poor and patron of agriculture and metal-working more than a military dragon-slayer. Discover the origin of the cross of St George and the roles of Richard I, Edward III and Henry VIII in making St George the patron saint of England. With a foreword by Professor Emeritus Dan Brown, this richly-illustrated celebration of English culture shows how St George can be reinterpreted for our times while remaining true to our English heritage. St George can be enlisted in the cause of ecology, the campaign against FGM, and the fight to end modern slavery and resettle refugees. English yet international, revered both by Christians and Muslims, St George is a multicultural figure who symbolizes universal values.
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
Several classic religious / mystery plays are included in this large collection. The text is present with both the original translation and a modern translation. The collection includes: Everyman, The Chester Pageant of the Water-Leaders and Drawers of the Dee Concerning Noah’s Deluge, The Chester Pageant of the Barbers and Wax-Chandlers Representing Abraham, Melchisedec, and Isaac, The Second Shepherds’ Play, The Coventry Nativity Play of the Company of Shearmen and Tailors, The Miracle-Play of the Crucifixion, The Cornish Mystery-Play of the Three Maries, The Cornish Mystery-Play of Mary Magdalene and How She Brought the News of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Apostles, The Pageant of the Harrowing of Hell or Extraction of Souls From Hell, The Interlude of “God’s Promises”
Author: Christopher Wormell
Jeder ist verwundbar! Was für ein mächtiger Drache: Schneller als jeder Vogel kann er mit seinem Atem ganze Wälder niederbrennen und mit einem einzigen Schwanzschlenkern dicke Burgmauern einstürzen lassen. Aber er hat ein grosses, beziehungsweise winzig kleines Geheimnis: Er fürchtet sich schrecklich vor Mäusen! Wieder einmal hat er eine Prinzessin geraubt und ahnt nicht, dass unterdessen in der Höhle nebenan George, ein Mäuserich, eingezogen ist. Als der beim neuen Nachbarn vorbeikommt, weil ihm der Zucker für seinen Tee ausgegangen ist, flüchtet der Drache entsetzt. Und statt in der zugigen Höhle darf George nun in der Burgmauer wohnen und wird mit allem verwöhnt, was er sich wünscht. Denn seine blosse Gegenwart verwandelt den schrecklichen Drachen in ein Häufchen Elend! Die herrlichen Bilder kommen mit wenig Text aus, und bei beiden kommt der Humor nicht zu kurz. Eine köstliche Drachengeschichte mit einer unerwarteten Wendung, denn wer freut sich nicht, wenn der angeblich Unbesiegbare auch seine Schwächen hat? Ab 5 Jahren, *****, Irene Beglinger-Flückiger.
Publisher: Forest of Peace Publishing
Once again, parable-man and storyteller Edward Hays opens the doors of the mind's magic theatre and provides a collection of mystic maps to guide readers on the path to the most fabulous of all hidden treasures--the Holy Grail. Illustrations by the author.
Author: Dr Jennifer C Vaught
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Literary Criticism
Carnival and Literature in Early Modern England explores the elite and popular festive materials appropriated by authors during the English Renaissance in a wide range of dramatic and non-dramatic texts. Although historical records of rural, urban, and courtly seasonal customs in early modern England exist only in fragmentary form, Jennifer Vaught traces the sustained impact of festivals and rituals on the plays and poetry of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English writers. She focuses on the diverse ways in which Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe, Dekker, Jonson, Milton and Herrick incorporated the carnivalesque in their works. Further, she demonstrates how these early modern texts were used–and misused–by later writers, performers, and inventors of spectacles, notably Mardi Gras krewes organizing parades in the American Deep South. The works featured here often highlight violent conflicts between individuals of different ranks, ethnicities, and religions, which the author argues reflect the social realities of the time. These Renaissance writers responded to republican, egalitarian notions of liberty for the populace with radical support, ambivalence, or conservative opposition. Ultimately, the vital, folkloric dimension of these plays and poems challenges the notion that canonical works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries belong only to 'high' and not to 'low' culture.
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Das mutige Drachenmädchen Ember hat sich entschieden: gegen Riley und für Garret, ihren Sankt-Georgs-Ritter. Auch wenn sie weiß, dass er nur ein kurzes Menschenleben hat und sie ihn für immer verlieren könnte. Denn der große Kampf gegen Talon steht bevor: Ember, Garret und der rebellische Riley brechen noch einmal zusammen zu einer gefährlichen Mission auf. Es gilt, die letzten mächtigen Drachen zu finden, die vielleicht bereit sind, es mit Talon aufzunehmen. Doch der Weg zu ihrem Versteck könnte die drei das Leben kosten. Und sie haben nur eine Chance, wenn sie einander bedingungslos vertrauen ... Die Stunde der Entscheidung bricht an – das Schicksal aller freien Menschen und Drachen steht auf dem Spiel.
Author: British Drama League. Junior drama committee
Including Historical and Critical Notices of the Schools of Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands
Author: Lady Marian Campbell Jervis-White-Jervis
Author: Jacobus (de Voragine)
Category: Christian saints
traditional and modern plays for the holidays
Author: Lowell Swortzell
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Here is a joyous pageant of plays by masters through the ages - including Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, Thornton Wilder, Langston Hughes, and Hans Christian Andersen - ready to be produced, along with "The Traditional Christmas Pageant" and "The Second Shepherd's Play" in a modernized text and a lively version of "St. George and the Dragon." Comedies like "A Visit from St. Nicholas," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "Kringle's Window" and "A Partridge in a Pear Tree" stand beside more serious works such as "A Child's Christmas in Wales," "Black Nativity," "Scrooge and Marley," "The Match Girl's Gift" and "The Long Christmas Dinner," called by critic John Gassner "...the most beautiful one-act play in English prose." Lowel Swortzell, himself the author of a number of popular Christmas plays, has brought together these delightful works, which are ideally suited for performances in the classroom, sanctuary, or theatre. Ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, they also can be enjoyed for themselves as holiday reading that reminds us how Christmas has inspired great writers to their highest dramatic achievements.
From Beowulf to St. George
Author: Joseph McCullough
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
With its fiery breath, scaly armour, and baleful, malevolent stare, the dragon became the ultimate symbol of evil and corruption in European folklore and mythology. Often serving as a stand-in for Satan, or the power of evil gods, dragons spread death and hopelessness throughout the land. Only heroes of uncommon valour, courageousness, and purity could hope to battle these monsters and emerge victorious. Those that did became legends. They became dragonslayers. The list of dragonslayers is small, but it is filled with great and legendary names. Hercules, Beowulf, Sigfried, and Saint George all battled to the death with dragons. Other heroes such as Cadmus, founder of the city of Thebes, DieudonnÃ© de Gozon, the Knight of Rhodes, and the Russian warrior Dobrynya Nikitch might be less well known to western readers, but also fought and defeated dragons. This book retells the greatest legends of this select group of warriors, while examining the myth of the dragonslayer in a historical, mythological, and even theological context.
In a Modern English Version with a Critical Introduction
Author: John Gardner
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
The adventures and challenges of Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew and a knight at the Round Table, including his duel with the mysterious Green Knight, are among the oldest and best known of Arthurian stories. Here the distinguished author and poet John Gardner has captured the humor, elegance, and richness of the original Middle English in flowing modern verse translations of this literary masterpiece. Besides the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this edition includes two allegorical poems, “Purity” and “Patience”; the beautiful dream allegory “Pearl”; and the miracle story “Saint Erkenwald,” all attributed to the same anonymous poet, a contemporary of Chaucer and an artist of the first rank. “Mr. Gardner has translated into modern English and edited a text of these five poems that could hardly be improved. . . . The entire work is preceded by a very fine and complete general introduction and a critical commentary on each poem.”—Library Journal
Author: Kelly Barnhill
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Im Sternenlicht liegt natürlich Magie. Das ist allgemein bekannt. Aber Mondlicht: Das ist eine ganz andere Geschichte. Mondlicht ist pure Magie. Das weiß jeder. Diese Geschichte erzählt von einer Hexe, von der alle glauben, sie sei böse, einem kleinen Mädchen, das die Hexe bezaubert, einem sechsarmigen Sumpfmonster, das Gedichte liebt, von einem wahrhaft winzigen Drachen und einem jungen Mann, der sich aufmacht, die Hexe zu töten. Jedes Jahr lassen die Bürger des Protektorats ihr jüngstes Kind im Wald zurück – als Opfergabe zum Schutz vor der bösen Hexe. Jedes Jahr rettet die Hexe Xan die ausgesetzten Kinder, denn sie ist gar nicht böse. Dieses Jahr jedoch ist alles anders. Xan gibt dem ausgesetzten kleinen Mädchen aus Versehen Mondlicht zu trinken. Doch Mondlicht ist pure Magie! Und so wächst in dem Kind, genannt Luna, große Macht heran ... Wird sie diese Macht für das Gute einsetzen und die Stadt, die sie einst opferte, von ihrem grausamen Schicksal befreien? »So mitreißend und vielschichtig wie die Klassiker ›Peter Pan‹ und ›Der Zauberer von Oz‹.« New York Times
Visions of Doom from Early Modern Tragedy to Popular Culture
Author: R M Christofides
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
By connecting Shakespeare's language to the stunning artwork that depicted the end of the world, this study provides not only provides a new reading of Shakespeare but illustrates how apocalyptic art continues to influence popular culture today. Drawing on extant examples of medieval imagery, Roger Christofides uses poststructuralist and psychoanalytic accounts of how language works to shed new light on our understanding of Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear. He then links Shakespeare's dependence on his audience to appreciate the allusions made to the religious paintings to the present day. For instance, popular television series like Battlestar Galactica, seminal horror movies such as An American Werewolf in London and Carrie and recent novels like Cormac McCarthy's The Road. All draw on imagery that can be traced directly back to the depictions of the Doom, an indication of the cultural power these vivid imaginings of the end of the world have in Shakespeare's day and now.
Analysis of the Role of the Women in Selected Plays with Plot Synopses and Selected One Act Plays
Author: Courtni Crump Wright
Publisher: University Press of America
This book analyzes, through easy-to-follow play synopses, the strengths and weaknesses of the female protagonists as they impact not only the plot of Shakespeare's plays but the male protagonist. Selected, condensed one-act versions of the plays are provided in order to enrich the discussion of the play, to stimulate in reading the play in its entirety, and to provide a springboard for group discussion of the play and the impact of the women. Contents: William Shakespeare: His Art, Life and Times; The Women of Shakespeare's Plays: An Overview; The Comedy of Errors; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Julius Caesar; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Macbeth; Much Ado About Nothing; Othello the Moor of Venice; The Taming of the Shrew; Antony and Cleopatra; Twelfth Night or What You Will; Romeo and Juliet; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Bibliography.
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies-he is impossible to categorize as "liberal" or "conservative," for instance-across a wide variety of avenues: he was a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, humorous style earned him the title of the "prince of paradox," and his works-80 books and nearly 4,000 essays-remain among the most beloved in the English language This 1909 collection shows off Chesterton's talent as a master of short-form prose. These "fleeting sketches," which originally appeared the London newspaper Daily News, describe the most ordinary of events and observations, but through Chesterton's eye, they take on profound new meaning. He explores: . the secret of a train . an extraordinary cabman . the advantages of having one leg . on lying in bed . what he found in his pocket . an orthodox barber . some policemen and a moral . little birds who won't sing . and much more.
Author: N. Herold
Category: Performing Arts
Over the last decade a number of prison theatre programs have developed to rehabilitate inmates by having them perform Shakespearean adaptations. This book focuses on how prison theatre today reveals certain elements of the early modern theatre that were themselves responses to cataclysmic changes in theological doctrine and religious practice.
Author: Brian Edmiston
Through compelling examples, Brian Edmiston presents the case for why and how adults should play with young children to create with them a 'workshop for life'. In a chapter on 'mythic play' Edmiston confronts adult discomfort over children's play with pretend weapons, as he encourages adults both to support children's desires to experience in imagination the limits of life and death, and to travel with children on their transformational journeys into unknown territory. This book provides researchers and students with a sound theoretical framework for re-conceptualising significant aspects of pretend play in early childhood. Its many practical illustrations make this a compelling and provocative read for any student taking courses in Early Childhood Studies.