Anonymous: The Digby Conversion of St Paul

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  • Claire Sponsler (University of Iowa )

The Digby Conversion of St Paul falls within the genre of medieval saints' plays. Its dominant motif is conversion, which it explores through the biblical figure of Saul, who thanks to a miraculous encounter is changed from an avowed persecutor of Christians to a steadfast advocate for the faith. The play, which was composed sometime in the late fifteenth century in the East Midland dialect of Middle English, survives in a single manuscript copy that also includes the better-known Digby Mary Magdalen. Although the Conversion of St Paul at first glance appears to be a rather simple and conventional drama, it contains a number of innovative and even radical features that make it of considerable interest. These …

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Sponsler, Claire. "The Digby Conversion of St Paul". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002
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