Monday, March 16, 2009

1400 to 1499: The Second Shepherd's Play to Imitation of Christ

Anonymous. British. 1400. Play. The Second Shepherd’s Play. Setting is Jesus’ nativity; sheep thief tries to claim that stolen sheep in the cradle is the wife’s newborn baby.

Paston. British. 1422/1509. Letters. Paston Letters. Letters to and from three generations of the Paston family in Norfolk, England.

Anonymous. British. 1423? Legend. “Dick Whittington and His Cat.” Poor boy contributes cat to ship; king of Morocco has mice trouble and cat eats mice. King pays tremendous sum for cat; owner becomes wealthy and Lord Mayor of London.

King James I of Scotland. British. 1424. Poem. “Kingis Quair.” Written while prisoner in England; laments his fortune; celebrates Lady Jane Beufort whom he married.

Thomas A’Kempis. German. 1426. Religion. Imitation of Christ. Explores inner life, value of contemplation; mystical tone; great influence on Christianity.

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