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Le Théâtre des Mystères à Rouen (XV e – XVIe siècles)

Abstract : his study is about the theatre in Rouen, especially the mystery plays, during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. At that time, the city of Rouen was in development, ran by powerful burghers allied to an omnipresent archdiocese in the province of Normandy. They played an important part in the cultural life of the city, staging, financing or supporting performances. Of course, we should not omit the crucial role of charitable confraternities that organized and staged most mystery plays. I have chosen to focus this study on mystery plays. First, mystery plays are regularly performed in Rouen during this period, that constitute its peaks. Secondly, there is no recent study on Rouen mystery plays. Indeed, it is important to raise the question of organizational arrangements, but also about the places where the performances were staged (churches, cemeteries, public places or monasteries). In addition, many performances like the Passion or the mystery play of St. Romain, staged in 1476, needed to be studied. Actually, the mystery play of St.Romain benefits from a rich documentation in the archdiocese's archives, but it has never been really analysed yet. The objective of this study is not to make a list of all mystery plays staged in Rouen (this has already been done by Hippolyte Gosselin and Louis Petit de Julleville despite some errors), but analyzing the sources, to search for what performances are actually attested, and to place this events in both city and society.
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Tatiana Jouenne. Le Théâtre des Mystères à Rouen (XV e – XVIe siècles). Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Université de Rouen-Normandie, 2016. Français. ⟨tel-03381432⟩



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