Noah Guynn is a specialist in medieval and early modern literature, theater, and culture. Special issue of Romanic Review , forthcoming. Coauthored with Marilynn Desmond Binghamton University. Emma Campbell and Robert Mills. Jane Burns and Peggy McCracken.
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My doctoral work, on forged documents and their reception in fifteenth-century England, formed the basis of The Making of Medieval Forgeries British Library and University of Toronto Press, My research is primarily on medieval textual cultures, with a particular emphasis on spatial representation. My interest in the representation and cultural significance of the antipodes in European thought from classical antiquity to the discovery of the New World led to Terra Incognita: Mapping the Antipodes before British Library and University of Chicago Press, Ongoing projects include the comparative study of medieval Arabic-Islamic and Latin-European geography, a direction in my research that has its roots in a Leverhulme Trust international network based at Queen Mary from , and organised in collaboration with Prof.
Theatre in the Middle Ages
Middle Ages The middle ages are described as 1,year period. The 1, years are marked from the moment Costantine, the Roman Emperor, made Christianity an official religion of the empire. Luiz Gustavo Machado Mrs. Phillips British Literature 6 January The English Middle Ages The middle ages is known as the Dark ages for representing cultural and economic deterioration following the decline of the exuberant Roman Empire.
Drama was introduced to Britain from Europe by the Romans , and auditoriums were constructed across the country for this purpose. By the medieval period, the mummers' plays had developed, a form of early street theatre associated with the Morris dance , concentrating on themes such as Saint George and the Dragon and Robin Hood. These were folk tales re-telling old stories, and the actors travelled from town to town performing these for their audiences in return for money and hospitality. Mystery plays and miracle plays sometimes distinguished as two different forms,  although the terms are often used interchangeably are among the earliest formally developed plays in medieval Europe. Medieval mystery plays focused on the representation of Bible stories in churches as tableaux with accompanying antiphonal song.