Morality Play

By Barry Unsworth
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393315608, 224pp.)

Publication Date: September 1996

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Description
The time is the fourteenth century. The place is a small town in rural England, and the setting a snow-laden winter. A small troupe of actors accompanied by Nicholas Barber, a young renegade priest, prepare to play the drama of their lives. Breaking the longstanding tradition of only performing religious plays, the groups leader, Martin, wants them to enact the murder that is foremost in the townspeoples minds. A young boy has been found dead, and a mute-and-deaf girl has been arrested and stands to be hanged for the murder. As members of the troupe delve deeper into the circumstances of the murder, they find themselves entering a political and class feud that may undo them. Intriguing and suspenseful, Morality Play is an exquisite work that captivates by its power, while opening up the distant past as new to the reader.



About the Author
Barry Unsworth (1930 2012) was a British novelist who wrote historical fiction. He won the Booker Prize with "Sacred Hunger" and was shortlisted for "Pascali s Island" and "Morality Play". He published seventeen novels to critical acclaim.
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