The Parliament of Heaven: Theological Exposition or Legal Argument?

Horner, Olga
July 2003
Medieval English Theatre;2003, Vol. 25, p153
Academic Journal
The article discusses the production of the religious play "The Parliament of Heaven," which offered a simple and effective dramatic narrative of the Incarnation and Redemption of Man. It explores the play which relies heavily on the authority of biblical pronouncements to state the problem, the argument, and the manner of its resolution, which are all consistent with the precepts, procedures and juridical theory of both canon and common law in pre-Reformation England. It illustrates the discussion in "The Parliament of Heaven," which can be seen as a philosophical jurisprudential debate about the strict rule of law and the modification of that rule on equitable or moral grounds.


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