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Medieval Cornish Drama in English Translation


Cornish Ordinalia
  • The Ancient Cornish Drama. Ed. and trans. Edwin Norris. 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1859; rpt. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1968. [Cornish and English on facing pages]
  • The Cornish Ordinalia: A Medieval Dramatic Trilogy. Trans. Markham Harris. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 1969.
  • The Legend of the Rood. Trans. F. E. Halliday. London: Duckworth, 1955. [excerpts from the Ordinalia, including the Rood Legend, the Three Marys, and the Death of Pilate]
  • "The Death of Pilate," in Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays, ed. A. C. Cawley. New York: Dutton, 1959. Pp. 235-63. [The Mors Pilati episode, based on the translation by Norris (1859) with corrections and revisions by J. Loth, R. L. Thomson, and R. Morton Nance]
  • "The Death of Pilate." Adapted by John Gassner from the translation by Edwin Norris (1859, rpt. 1968). In A Treasury of the Theatre. Ed. John Gassner. 3rd ed. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967. Pp. 763-69.
  • The Ordinalia: A Synoptic Website, created and maintained by Jim Hall (based on the 1859 edition and translation by Norris, with transcriptions, bibliography, modern performance history, numerous links to related websites, etc.)

Gwreans an Bys

  • The Creation of the World with Noah's Flood, Written in Cornish in the Year 1611 by Wm. Jordan. Ed. and trans. Davies Gilbert. London: J. B. Nichols, 1827.
  • Gwreans an Bys: The Creation of the World, a Cornish Mystery. Ed. and trans. Whitley Stokes. Berlin: Published for the Philological Society by A. Asher, 1863.
  • The Creacion of the World: A Critical Edition with Translation. Ed. and trans. Paula Neuss. New York: Garland, 1983. [Cornish and English on facing pages]
  • The Creation of the World. Trans. Donald R. Rawe. Padestow: Lodenak Press, 1978. [Performance script]

Beunans Meriasek

  • Beunans Meriasek: The Life of St. Meriasek, Bishop and Confessor. Ed. and trans. Whitley Stokes. London: Trubner, 1872.
  • The Life of Meriasek: A Medieval Cornish Miracle Play. Trans. Markham Harris. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 1977.
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