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Elisabeth Dutton

even the writing of a play about John the Baptist in 1547 may not have been an entirely innocent act, given the near-contemporary plays by prominent Protestants John Bale and George Buchanan on the same theme. 14 Yet Grimald does not write a Latin or a medieval comedy. His plays look forward, of course, but with less contemporary weight: the risen Christ promises his listeners that if they wait a little while, they will receive the Holy Ghost, but His words echo Christ's promise of Pentecost, and that is done. The

in Enacting the Bible in medieval and early modern drama
Victoria Coldham-Fussell

Style in Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller ’, SEL , 6 ( 1966 ), 43 – 57 . 139  King, ‘In Lieu of Democracy’, p. 100. 140  On the ‘medievalcomedy of Hamlet ’s gravediggers, see Willard Farnham , ‘ The Medieval Comic Spirit in the English Renaissance ’, in Joseph Quincy Adams Memorial Studies , ed. James G. McManaway et al . ( Washington , D.C.: Folger Shakespeare Library , 1948 ), pp. 429 – 37 (pp. 435 – 6 ). 141  See for example Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World , pp. 97–8; and Auerbach, Mimesis , pp. 278–80. Auerbach regards Socrates as a

in Comic Spenser