Mime In The Medieval Church

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The pattern that began in the early church continued in the Middle Ages: official pronouncements squelched mime even as some leaders found creative and helpful ways of incorporating it into their practice of the Christian faith.

a. d. 300-1000

Synods, canons, and councils struggled throughout the Middle Ages against the secular use of mime that survived from Graeco-Roman culture. The mime traditions had been carried forward by artists known as mimes (mimus), jongleurs, and histriones, which...


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