The History of Leith

September 28, 2012

A Satire of the Three Estates

A Satire of the Three Estates (Ane Pleasant Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis) is a satirical morality play in Middle Scots, written by makar Sir David Lyndsay. The play was first performed outside in the playing field in June 1552 during the Midsummer holiday in Cupar, Fife where the action took place under Castle Hill. It was subsequently performed in Edinburgh, also outdoors, in 1554. The full text was first printed in 1602 although it also exists in a different manuscript version. Confusion about its date has existed since the Hamer edition first hypothesized different forms of the play. One of those forms only exists as an entry in the royal account book and an ambassador’s report to Henry VIII. Apparently, Lyndsay had written a short play for the court of James V in 1540 which used a few characters who later appeared in the Satyre. (1. Joanne Spencer Kantrowitz, Dramatic Allegory:Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis, University of Nebraska Press, 1975. Greg Walker,”Sir David Lindsay’s Ane Satire of the Thrie Estaitis, Scottish Literary Journal 16.2 (Nov. 1989); Roderick Lyall, Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis, Edited with an introduction and commentary, Canongate Classics 18, 1989.). for more click here

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