Anonymous: The Croxton Play of the Sacrament

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  • Claire Sponsler (University of Iowa )

The Croxton Play of the Sacrament is an odd drama that fits no known genres of medieval performance, although it shares the concern with miracles and conversion characteristic of saints' plays and the interest in moral dilemmas typical of moralities. Written in the East Midland dialect of Middle English not long after 1461, the year in which the event that is the central topic of the play is supposed to have taken place, the Play of the Sacrament tells the story of a miracle in which a rich Jewish merchant and his companions purchase the consecrated host from a Christian merchant and subject it to a series of tests in order to determine the truth of the Christian claim that Christ is present in it, then are converted once t…

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Sponsler, Claire. "The Croxton Play of the Sacrament". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002
[, accessed 07 October 2015.]