Performance-based research in the medieval convent

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This article begins with Adrian Armstrong’s discussion of the coterie poetry composed by Charles d’Orléans and his associates at Blois to explore the ‘epistemic value and theatre qualities’ not of communal poetry but rather of communal within a quite different social group: a convent of Carmelite nuns in late-fifteenth-century Burgundy. In it I suggest that some of the ways in which Armstrong conceptualises the processes by which lyric poetry was explored and produced at Blois may be fruitfully brought to bear on thinking about the epistemological and implications and consequences of ‘making’ theatre (in the sense of composing and performing it) within this medieval women’s religious house.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-41
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Medieval Drama
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2018


  • communal theatre; Carmelite nuns; fifteenth century; Burgundy; Eucharist, Pilgrimage of the Life of Man; practice-based research


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