Urban legend in the medieval theater

In the Middle Ages, as in modern times, actors found a sense of drama in creating stories about murder and madness in the theater. The Medieval Snuff Drama by Jody Enders chronicles such a tale.

The paper, delivered to the University of California, Santa Barbara, discusses urban legends from late medieval times, and the death of an actor onstage. The Medieval Snuff Drama is available to download as a PDF from the Academia.edu website.