Mundus et Infans

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edited by G.A. Lester

DOI: 10.5040/9781408169223.00000032
Roles: Male (7) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

The whole life of a man is staged in Mundus et Infans, as Child grows up into Manhood and succumbs to Folly in an exemplary morality play structure of transgression and redemption.

The protagonist’s beginning is as ‘Infans’ – or ‘child’ – he is renamed ‘Dalliance’, then ‘Wanton’ and then ‘Love-Lust-Liking’, before he matures into ‘Manhood’. Mundus – or ‘world’ – invests him with a knighthood, but he fails to uphold chivalric values and is led astray from Conscience by Folly, an engaging and mocking villain, into a life of arrogance and debauchery. Notable for the characters’ clearly differentiated idiolects, Mundus et Infans is a vibrant and emphatic staging of moral teaching, a map of human life and a meditation on time and decay. Mundus et Infans survives in an edition from 1522, and is likely to have been composed before 1520.

From Three Late Medieval Morality Plays: Everyman, Mankind and Mundus et Infans

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Bloomsbury Publishing

edited by G.A. Lester

ISBN: 9780713666618

Series: New Mermaids

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