Everyman, and Medieval Miracle Plays Short Essay - Answer Key

A. C. Cawley
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1. According to the Preface, why did A.C. Cawley choose the collection of plays that he did as a representative collection of medieval biblical pageants?

A.C. Cawley was very particular in choosing the plays that he believed would best represent medieval biblical pageants as a whole collection. Cawley based his decision to include the plays upon their intrinsic merit and they best represented the range and content of the English Corpus Christi cycle.

2. What error did Cawley correct in his Preface to the second edition of the text?

Cawley, unbeknown in his first edition, made a grave error regarding the damage of Covenrty pageants in a fire. Cawley, in his first edition, stated that both of the manuscripts of the Coventry were destroyed in a fire. In his second edition, Cawley corrected this error in his second edition preface stating, "This error and any others known to me have now been corrected".

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