morality play



  • In medieval Europe, a type of allegorical drama in which personifiedvices and virtues are usually shown struggling for the soul of Mankind.Morality dramas began to appear in about 1400, the first importantexample being the English The Castle of Perseverance (c.1405). During the later 15th century the genre overtook the mysteryplay in popularity. Other well-known examples are the anonymousEveryman (c. 1500), John Skelton's Magnyfyence(c. 1520), and Sir David Lyndsay's Ane Pleasant Satyre ofthe Thre Estaitis (1552). The morality play developed into themoral interlude during the later Tudor period. see alsomedieval drama.