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The Unity Of The Wakefield Mactacio Abel, Clifford Davidson Dec 1966

The Unity Of The Wakefield Mactacio Abel, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Despite the renewal of interest in the Catholic vernacular drama of medieval England, critics generally have failed to understand the framework upon which the unity of the Wakefield Mactacio Abel (The Killing of Abel) rests. If, as I believe, the central issue in the play is the response of mankind to God's grace against the background of the whole of history, then those who would admire the play solely for its realism or for its farce are not properly responding to the drama. There are many who perhaps do find the theology implicit in medieval drama to be ...