- a medieval dramatic form dealing with religious subjects such as Biblical stories or saints' lives, usually presented in a series or cycle by the craft guilds.
Origin of miracle play
First recorded in 1850–55
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Come with me to see the miracle-play, and be not so ready to answer these rascallions.Robin Hood
He then made his way to Dunstable, and while there proved his spirit by getting up a miracle-play of "Sancta Katarina."
Our earliest instance of a Miracle-Play in England was near the beginning of the twelfth century.
A miracle-play without a full display of the diabolic element in it would have stood a fair chance of being pelted from the stage.History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom
Andrew Dickson White
But the most noteworthy of them, as a fresh strand in the rope we are here weaving, is the Miracle-play of Théophile.The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory
- a medieval play based on a biblical story or the life of a saintCompare mystery play
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