Anonymous: The Brome 'Abraham and Isaac' (1079 words)


The Brome ‘Abraham and Isaac’ is a fifteenth century English play recounting the story of the sacrifice of Isaac. The play derives its name from Brome Hall in Suffolk originally owned by the Cornwallis family, where the manuscript appears to have been kept for most of its life. The manuscript is a common-place book and contains not only this play but part of John Lydgate’s Pageant of Knowledge, various other poems and a number of late fifteenth-century accounts of nearby Stuston written by Robert Melton, a steward for the Cornwallis family. Since 1966 the manuscript has resided in Yale University Library.

The story of Abraham’s obedience to God in his willingness to sacrifice his favourite son Isaac was an …

Citation: Cummings, James. "The Brome 'Abraham and Isaac'". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 August 2004 [, accessed 25 October 2021.]

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