Anonymous: The Digby Conversion of St Paul

(1278 words)
  • 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 …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Sponsler, Claire. "The Digby Conversion of St Paul". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002
[, accessed 01 October 2016.]