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The Ludus Coventriae, or N-Town Plays — a Mystery Cycle of forty-two plays
Title(s): Ludus Coventriae; N-Town Plays
Subjects: mystery plays



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Malone 4 (SC 20552), pp. 24-216
First Lines:
The xxix pagente to Pylatus wyff
In slepe apereth ye devyl of helle…
Last Lines:
…He hath forgyven his male intente
Her shy deed to day
Note: A post-medieval transcript of 4 plays from London, British Library Cotton Vespasian D.VIII (Crucifixion, Woman taken in adultery, Mary and Joseph, and Creation)
Attributed Title: De muliere in Adulterio deprensa (second play, p. 77); Ego sum alpha et omega, principium et finis (fourth play, p. 109)
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian D.VIII, ff 1-225v
Note: An 18th-century transcript by George Stevens is London, British Library Addit. 27945.
Attributed Title: De muliere in Adulterio deprensa (second play, p. 77); Ego sum alpha et omega, principium et finis (fourth play, p. 109)
Facsimiles:
Meredith, Peter, and Stanley J. Kahrl. “Introduction.” The N-Town Plays. A Facsimile of British Library MS Cotton Vespasian D.VIII. Leeds Texts and Monographs. Medieval Drama Facsimiles 4. Leeds: University of Leeds, 1977.
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. Ludus Coventriae. London: for the Shakespeare Society, 1841.
Block, Katherine Salter, ed. Ludus Coventriae, or, The Plaie called Corpus Christi, Cotton MS. Vespesian D.viii. EETS e.s. 120 (1922); repr. 1961.
Dugdale, Sir William. Monasticon Anglicanum. London: Hodgkinsonne, 1655; rev. eds. R. Dodsworth, J. Stevens, etc: 1.139-55 (Plays 1-5).
Collier, John Payne. Five Miracle Plays or Scriptural Dramas. London, 183: (Play 10).
Marriott, William. Collection of English Miracle-Plays. Basel: Schweighauser, 1838: (Plays 12, 14).
Pollard, Alfred William. English Miracle Plays, Moralities, and Interludes. Oxford: Clarendon, 1890; 2nd ed. 1895 et seq: (Play 11).
Manly, John Matthews. Specimens of the Pre-Shakspearean Drama. 2 vols. Boston: Ginn, 1897: (Plays 4, 11).
Hemingway, Samuel Burdett, ed. English Nativity Plays. Yale Studies in English 38. New York: H. Holt, 1909: (Plays 11, 12, 13, 15, 16).
Greg, Walter Wilson, ed. The Assumption of the Virgin: a Miracle Play from the N-town Cycle. Oxford: Clarendon, 1915: (Play 41).
Spector, S., ed. The N-Town Play: Cotton MS Vespasian D.8 2 vols. EETS s.s. 11-12 (1991).
Sugano, Douglas, ed. The N-Town Plays. With assistance by Victor I. Scherb. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2007.