chronicle play


chronicle play

noun

Definition of CHRONICLE PLAY

:  a play with a theme from history consisting usually of rather loosely connected episodes chronologically arranged

First Known Use of CHRONICLE PLAY

1863

chronicle play

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Play with a theme from history that often holds up the past as a lesson for the present. Chronicle plays developed from medieval morality plays and flourished in times of nationalistic fervour, as in England from the 1580s to the 1630s. They included plays such as The Victories of Henry the Fifth and The True Tragedie of Richard III and reached maturity with Christopher Marlowe's Edward II and William Shakespeare's Henry VI.

Variants of CHRONICLE PLAY

chronicle play or history play

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