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Passion play
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The Passion play is a dramatic portrayal of the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ. With the Osterspiel (German, “Easter play”), it was the most important genre of liturgical-based medieval religious drama.

Although occasional examples already appeared from the 13th century, such as the Benediktbeuren “Short Play on the Passion” (Latin Ludus breviter de passione), the genre reached its zenith as a vernacular play in the 15th and 16th centurie…

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Fischer, Alexander Michael, “Passion play”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025315>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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