Best Medieval Dramas & Plays Books

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1. Persuasion: A Jane Austen's Classic Novel (200th Anniversary Collection Edition)

Author: by Jane Austen
167 pages

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You pierce my soul.I am half agony, half hope… I have loved none but you. Jane Austen, PersuasionPersuasion is the last novel fully completed by Jane Austen. It was published at the end of 1817, six months after her death.

Persuasion has been the subject of several adaptations, including four made-for-television adaptation, theatre productions, radio broadcasts, and other literary works. The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of twenty-seven years, whose family moves to lower their expenses and reduce their debt by renting their home to an Admiral and his wife.

The wife’s brother, Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth, was engaged to Anne in 1806, but the engagement was broken when Anne was “persuaded” by her friends and family to end their relationship. Anne and Captain Wentworth, both single and unattached, meet again after a seven-year separation, setting the scene for many humorous encounters as well as a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne in her second “bloom”.The novel was well-received in the early 19th century, but its greater fame came later in the century and continued into the 20th and 21st centuries.

2. Macbeth

Author: by William Shakespeare
120 pages

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Macbeth is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfil the ambition for power.

The play is believed to have been written between 1599 and 1606, and is most commonly dated 1606. The earliest account of a performance of what was probably Shakespeare’s play is the Summer of 1606, when Simon Forman recorded seeing such a play at the Globe Theatre.

It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book. It was most likely written during the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. James was a patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during James’s reign, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with the sovereign.

Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself.

3. Everyman and Other Miracle and Morality Plays (Dover Thrift Editions)

Author: by Anonymous
Dover Publications, Inc.

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Western drama, having all but disappeared during the Dark Ages, reemerged spontaneously in the liturgy and life of the medieval church. Vernacular miracle plays of England’s Middle Ages were performed by lay people many by trade guilds unschooled in church Latin, but familiar with the biblical events upon which the dramas were based.

Morality plays provided moral instruction, their principal characters vivid personifications of virtue and vice. The most durable of the morality plays has proven to be Everyman, whose central character, summoned by Death, must face final judgment on the strength of his good deeds.

This venerable drama is reprinted here along with three other medieval classics: The Second Shepherds’ Play, Noah’s Flood, and Hickscorner.

4. King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics)

Author: by Andrew Lang
Dover Publications

192 pages

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A ruler said to be the model of goodness over evil and a formidable comrade in the ever-present struggle between right and wrong, the figure of King Arthur of England prevails at the heart of the Arthurian legends. The myths surrounding his reign have been recounted in endless tales.

This collection includes thirteen of the best-loved legends of the man and his Knights of the Round Table. Bewitching stories, related by one of the world’s great storytellers, tell of how the young Arthur pulled a sword from a stone to become king; his meeting with the Lady of the Lake and acquisition of the mighty sword Excalibur; gatherings at the Round table; the death of Merlin; how the mysterious sorceress Morgan Le Fay attempted to kill Arthur; the quest for the Holy Grail; the romance of Lancelot and Guenevere, Arthur’s wife; the passing of King Arthur, and more.

Magnificent engravings appear throughout the text, further enhancing this splendid introduction to Camelot and its enchanting lore. These stories have inspired numerous film adaptations, including the 2017 release King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou, and Annabelle Wallis.

5. King Lear

Author: by William Shakespeare
168 pages

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King Lear tells the tale of a King in pre-Roman Britain. Lear transfers his holdings and power to two of his three daughters after the two profess their affection for him. His third daughter refuses to fawn over him and gets nothing.

Once the two daughters have power, they treat Lear with disrespect, driving Lear into madness and the kingdom into chaos. Once spurned by the first two Lear reconciles with his third daughter, but before long tragedy strikes.

6. Annals and Histories Tacitus, Cornelius

Author: by Tacitus
Everyman (January 1, 2009)

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Tacitus was the greatest historian of the Roman empire. Born in about AD 55, he served as administrator and leading senator. This career gave him an intimate view of the empire at its highest levels, experience brought to bear on his writing.

His major works are the “Annals” and the “Histories”, both of which have come down to us incomplete. Between them, they cover a period of about 80 years, from the death of the first emperor, Augustus, to the death of Domitian in 96AD.

In addition, Tacitus also composed two short historical books or essays, the “Agricola” (about his father-in-law, a distinguished provincial governor) and the “Germania”, an account of the tribes beyond the Rhine. Tacitus is a brilliant narrator and master stylist who had ample material for his story in the dramatic, violent and often bloody events of the first century.

His portraits – especially those of Tiberius, Nero, and Nero’s immediate circle – are unforgettable, his scene-setting masterly, his psychological an

7. Bacchae and Other Plays: Iphigenia among the Taurians; Bacchae; Iphigenia at Aulis; Rhesus (Oxford World's Classics)

Author: by Euripides
Oxford University Press
227 pages

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The four plays newly translated for this volume are among Euripides most exciting works. Iphigenia among the Taurians is a story of escape contrasting Greek and barbarian civilization, set on the Black Sea at the edge of the known world.

Bacchae, a profound exploration of the human psyche,deals with the appalling consequences of resistance to Dionysus, god of wine and unfettered emotion. Iphigenia at Aulis centers on the ultimate dysfunctional family as emotion is tested in the crucible of the Greek expedition against Troy.

And Rhesus, probably the work of another playwright, is anaction-packed Iliad in miniature, dealing with a grisly event in the Trojan War. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe.

Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expertintroductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

8. Death Of The Official: Murder and mystery in medieval England (The Draychester Chronicles Book 1 – middle ages crime)

Author: by M J Westerbone
286 pages

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Summer in late 14th Century England. The weather may be good, but for some, medieval life is cheap, nasty, and shortIn the cathedral city of Draychester, Will Blackburne, adventurer, thief, coin clipper and blasphemer is bound for the gallows. He prays for a reprieve.

What little he has to offer is youth, wit, and charm, but will it be enough to sway those who judge him? On the French coast, Sir Roger Mudstone, a man of few morals and even fewer scruples, awaits a ship to bring him home from exile.

His hated older brother Hugh is dead, and an undeserved inheritance is his for the taking. He’ll stop at nothing to get his greedy hands on it, no matter what or who stands in his way. But Hugh has left an explosive clause in his will, something that bodes ill for whoever is caught in the dangerous chaos sure to result from its disclosure.

The Bishop of Draychester needs somebody smart, capable, and charming to handle the murderous fallout. Someone who is, ultimately, expendable has he found the perfect candidate?

9. Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and the Complete Shorter Poems (Modern Library Classics)

Author: by John Milton
Modern Library
448 pages

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Edited by William Kerrigan, John Rumrich, and Stephen M. Fallon Derived from the Modern Library’s esteemed The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, this new volume, extensively revised and updated by its editors, contains Milton’s two late masterpieces, the brief epic Paradise Regained and the tragic drama Samson Agonistes.

Age after age, these works have inspired new controversy and exciting interpretive debates. With expert commentary to guide the reader through historical contexts and verbal details, as well as the larger political and philosophical implications, the concerns of these canonical pieces live once again for today’s audiences.

The volume also contains Milton’s complete shorter poems, which include such major achievements as Lycidas, A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634, L’Allegro, and Il Penseroso, and the author’s twenty-four influential sonnets. Thoughtfully edited and carefully designed, this is an essential publication of Milton’s classic poetry.

10. Penguin Classics: In Search of the Best Books Ever Written

Author: by Henry (Editor) Eliot

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Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year*The Penguin Classics Book is a reader’s companion to the largest library of classic literature in the world. Spanning 4,000 years from the legends of Ancient Mesopotamia to the poetry of the First World War, with Greek tragedies, Icelandic sagas, Japanese epics and much more in between, it encompasses 500 authors and 1,200 books, bringing these to life with lively descriptions, literary connections and beautiful cover designs.

11. Dracula: A Play in Two Acts

Author: by Bram Stoker
94 pages

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With a cast of 27 characters, Aric Cushing’s adaptation includes Mrs. Westenra, Lucy’s mother, whom is rarely portrayed in the dramatic versions, Simmons, the Teaming Man, Mr. Swales, and a plethora of other characters whom enlivened Bram Stoker’s original novel. The complexityof Stoker’s manuscript is not discarded, but instead celebrated in this complex, multi-accented rendition of the most famous horror tale of all time.

12. Prabodhacandrodaya of Krsna Misra

Author: by Dr. Sita K. Nambiar
Motilal Banarsidass
241 pages

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Prabodhacandrodaya of Krsna Misra is a profound philosophical allegory, in six acts, of the whole life of man. The author succeeds to a remarkable degree in giving us an ingenious picture of the spiritual struggle between virtue and vice the two forces of human mind in a dramatic form.

There is lively satire too. On the devotional side there is an attempt to synthesise Advaitic Vedanta with Visnubhakti. Of all the allegorical plays in Sanskrit this must be singled out as an attractive work of real merit. The introduction in this book forms a part of the thesis submitted by the translator for a Ph.D.

Degree in the University of Bonn. While translating the text an attempt has been made to keep close to the original and to preserve the spirit of the text without violating the English expression.

13. VIKING: The Plains of Althing (Norse Adventure)

Author: by Katie Aiken Ritter
370 pages

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Book I, Norse Adventure series: ICELAND, 979 A.D. A GOOD MAN, BETRAYED. A WOMAN, THREATENED. Two people bound by brave idealsand torn apart by a terrible secret. A corrupt chieftain plots to rule of all Iceland, and his steward Kel Coesson may be the only man who can stop him.

But there’s a catch: if Kel dares defy his leader, Kel’s love Alds will be killed. A fearless slave called The Black Mountain starts Kel down the treacherous path of treasonand when the chieftain commits a loathsome crime, Kel snaps.

An unseen force draws Alds to a place she vowed never to return, forcing her to confront her pastand a long-buried secret threatens her future. As strife grows, others meddle: a bishop eager to convert pagans, and a foreign jarl’s furtive agent with her own designs on the country’s young democracy.

Set in the dramatic landscape of Viking-era Iceland, a rich cast of characters battle corruption, lust, and loyalty in a spectacular setting of lava flows, northern lights, plunging waterfalls and blood sacrifice. This first novel sets up the prelude to an Icelandic family saga: five books spanning two generations and two continents explore themes such as the hero’s journey, loyalty under duress, accurate everyday life in medieval Scandinavia, slavery in European societies, the rule of law against corruption and creeping authoritarianism, the world’s first democracy at Althing, pagan beliefs and conversion to Christianity, with strong female, Norse, enslaved and black protagonistsall amid Iceland’s dramatic landscape in the land of fire and ice.