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The medieval period in Europe (A.D. 476-1500) began with the collapse of Rome, a calamity of such magnitude that the years between then and the beginning of the Crusades in 1095 have been traditionally, if erroneously, called the Dark Ages. Historians used this term to refer to their lack of knowledge about a time in which no great central powers organized society or established patterns of behavior and standards in the arts.
English Renaissance drama grew out of the established medieval tradition of the mystery and morality plays. During and after the reformation, the drama began to change. Genres like tragedy, comedy and satire replaced the mystery and morality plays of the middle ages (medieval drama). They shift focus on religious to humanist values.
The Renaissance theatre was composed of professional actors, among who were those who specialized in tragic roles and others in comic roles. Medieval dramas were essentially amateurish endeavors in which clergy or various trade guilds participated
Medieval Drama, which flourished in the 15th century and paved the way for the great Elizabethan theatre, developed out of liturgical ceremonies. It is in the Church, in fact, and in its rituals that we can find the origin of medieval plays. Due to the peculiarities of certain church celebrations, the medieval drama started declining as the catholic church withdrew its support from them because they said it weakened the church.
medieval theatre refers to theatrical performance in the period between the fall of the western Roman empire in the 5th century A.D and the beginning of the renaissance in approximately 15th century A.D.
The medieval drama dealt majorly on religious ideas. It started after the death of classical drama – roman drama. The medieval period brought the church into power. They banned all forms of drama.
The Medieval and Renaissance periods are two very important periods in human history, and especially in the history of arts in every category: Literature, Music, painting, sculpture, photography, printing, and dance. In this essay, I intend to look into the relationship between the medieval and Renaissance drama
The relationship between medieval and renaissance drama is an essay on the stages of development of drama over the years. Medieval drama came to existence after the fall of the western Roman Empire in the fifth century and was controlled by the Roman Catholic Church.The renaissance drama came into existence between 14th-16th century.It was a period of intellectual creativity, invention, innovation and also the rebirth of individualism,humanism and culture.
The Medieval and Renaissance periods are two very important periods in human history, and especially in the history of arts in every category: Literature, Music, painting, sculpture, photography, printing, and dance. In this essay, I intend to focus squarely on the differences between the drama that is obtainable in these two periods.
During and after the Reformation, the drama began to change. Genres like tragedy, comedy and satire replace contemporary and morality plays of the middle ages. Playwrights experimented with forms borrowed from classical authors, studying the tragedies of Seneca and the comedies of Terence and Plautus. Plots and characters were taken from a range of sources. Shakespeare, for example, read medieval chronicles, classical drama and poetry, narratives of travel and the colonization of the New World, and the romances and legends of earlier centuries, mining them for material he could recycle into dramatic form. In this period, the identity of the individual playwright became important, and dramatists like Kyd, Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson were developing their own distinctive writing styles.
This topic throws light on the history, characteristics and relationships between renaissance and medieval drama, with examples of these types of dramas.