Corpus Christi, Superstar?: Decoding the Enigma of the York Mystery Cycle

  • Hillary K. Yeager

Abstract

This paper outlines the history and cultural significance of the medieval York Mystery cycle.  I argue that guild (sponsor) involvement in the pageants served a multitude of purposes: they not only acted as a form of advertisement for the goods the guild created but also fostered community goodwill and acted as a form of charity, serving as meaningful acts toward moral salvation.  Furthermore, I also intend to look at the role of the audience: by attending the plays, the audience received a moral benefit through their roles of spectators and the experience of viewing, which I explore through the medieval understanding of the act of “seeing.” As opportunity to effect bodily change, the audience could, in effect, experience the act of Holy Communion through merely watching the pageant and viewing the Body of Christ.
Published
Aug 10, 2017
How to Cite
YEAGER, Hillary K.. Corpus Christi, Superstar?: Decoding the Enigma of the York Mystery Cycle. Scientia et Humanitas, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, p. 6-20, aug. 2017. ISSN 2470-8178. Available at: <http://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/scientia/article/view/743>. Date accessed: 24 oct. 2017.