Chester Plays

One of the cycle of English miracle plays, performed during Whitsuntide in Chester about the beginning of the 15th century. Actors were chosen from guilds and the performance lasted from three to six days. It was a narrative of Scripture, with the addition of legendary episodes from apocryphal Gospels or other sources, and was completed by the appearance of the Four Evangelists. In general it was rather more didactic and less popular than other cycles of plays.

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