Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Medieval Drama

The following kinds of dramatic works are found in the Middle Ages:

  • Liturgical — part of the church service, usually a trope to an Introit.
  • Chanson de Geste — songs of epic deeds, formulaic musical storytelling in the vernacular.
  • Pastorelles — countryside shepherd associations later; love and poetry, a heroic rescue of a damsel, such as Robin and Marion.
  • Morality Plays — religious but not liturgical; good vs. evil, often with personifications of such abstractions, teaching a moral lesson.