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The twentieth play from the York Corpus Christi Plays sees a runaway Jesus showing off his knowledge of religious law, to the astonishment of the Doctors of the Law. The guild responsible- the Spurriers and Lorimers- made spurs and horse-bridles. Whilst there is no material link to the content of the play- there is no suggestion that Mary and Joseph travel on horseback- Jesus's exposition of the ten commandments may have been based on the typical apprentice's catechism. If played by an apprentice, there is a sense of mischief created by the wise masters of the guild being shown up. Alternatively, the Commandments could be seen as bridling and spurring- although this is an imaginative leap!
Perhaps due to its isolation from the nativity sequence and the later baptism, the play has not often been produced within the combined Mystery productions. However, there is comic potential in an indignant Mary scolding her child, and a nervous Joseph wary of the grandeur of the priests.
The play is based on Luke 2, v41-52.
The original script, in 15th Century Middle English, can be found here, courtesy of Prof. Clifford Davidson and the University of Rochester's TEAMS Middle English Text Series.
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