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Playing the Midwife's Part in the English Nativity Plays

Ryan, D


Two of the surviving English Nativity plays tell the story of the doubting midwife who witnesses, literally firsthand, the miracle of Mary's virginity at the birth of Christ. Beyond imparting the lesson of the necessity of faith, the plays communicate the complexity of the midwife's life in late medieval and early modern England. The portrayal of the midwife's role in the Chester and Ntown versions of the Nativity, considered in relation to evidence from records of civic and parish...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: The Review of English Studies


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