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Middle English Play Texts:

First page of Second Shepherds' Play manuscript
Second Shepherds' Play Manuscript
Huntingdon Library MS HM1, fol. 38r
From Bibliotheca Augustana

The Wakefield Cycle
The Wakefield (Towneley) Cycle - UVA
The Wakefield (Towneley) Cycle - UMichigan
           Introduction to the Towneley plays - LitEncyc
           The Play of Noah - Harvard
           Herod the Great - Harvard
           Second Shepherds' Play - UVA
           Second Shepherds' Play - UCalgary
           Second Shepherds' Play - Bibliotheca Augustana

The York Cycle
The York Cycle - UMichigan
           York Play of the Crucifixion - Norton (.PDF)

The Chester Cycle
The Chester Cycle - Dr. NeCastro
Introduction - Literary Encyclopedia
             Noah's Flood - Dr. NeCastro

The N-Town Cycle
(aka Coventry plays, Ludus Coventriae, Hegge Plays)

Introduction - Literary Encyclopedia
The N-Town Cycle - Dr. NeCastro
The N-Town Plays (Modernized) - A. F. Johnston

The Digby Plays
The Digby Plays - Google Books
           The Digby Mary Magdalen - Dr. NeCastro

Non-Cycle Plays
Non-Cycle Plays - Dr. NeCastro
           Dux Moraud
           Lucidus and Dubius
           Mundus et Infans
           Occupation and Idleness (abridged)
           Occupation and Idleness (full)
           The Pride of Life
           The Croxton Play of the Sacrament

The Everyman Page

Mankind - Dr. NeCastro

Castle of Perseverance
Castle of Perseverance (Modernized) - A. F. Johnston

Robin Hood Plays
Three Plays of Robin Hood - Google Books

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