The Emperor Constantine
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The Emperor Constantine

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212 Pages
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A brief 'Prologue' by the 'Church' introduces the career of Constantine (from AD 305-337) with scenes from the empires of both west and east, concentrating on Constantine's progress to imperial power and inevitably in religious belief. He discovers Christ to be the God who has made him his earthly vice-regent as single Emperor. Summoning the Council of Nicaea in 325, an invigorating debate results in the acceptance of Constantine's formula that Christ is 'of one substance with God.' The implications of the Creed of Nicaea are revealed in the last part of the play in which it is Constantine's mother, Helena, who brings him to the realization that he needs redemption by Christ for his political and military life as well as for the domestic tragedy which has resulted in the death of his son.

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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 The Emporer Constantine A Chronicle in Three Acts, a Prologue and an Epilogue By Sayers, Dorothy L. Copyright©1951 by Sayers, Dorothy L. ISBN 13: 978-1-61097-021-1 Publication date 8/1/2011 Previously published by Victor Gollancz Ltd, 195
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On e occasîon o e repubîcaîon o some o Doroy Leîg Sayers’ pays, we pay rîbue o a mos remarkabe person: a îer-ary enrepreneur o no mean order, a ay eoogîan în an age wen î was amos unînkabe or a woman o be acknowedged as a eoogîan, a înker wo pîoneered new ways o engagîng audîences wî cenra Crîsîan dogmas as reearsed în e Curc’s creeds. he Ina lowerîng o er work was conneced wî er redîscovery o Dane’sDIvINe COmedY, wîc sîmuaed er o produce some o er Ines work, încudîng e pay se personay oug was er very bes. Se dîd no se ou o be a wrîer o ‘reîgîous’ drama, bu er experîence o îe roug a raumaîc era o European îsory, ogeer wî er specîa aens, made suc drama par o er egacy o us. Born în 1893 a e aî-end o e Vîcorîan era, Doroy was e ony cîd o we-educaed parens. Se was bapîsed în Crîs Curc, Oxord, (Dîocesan Caedra as we as Coege Cape) were er aer, an ordaîned cergyman o e Curc o Engand, was Headmaser o e scoo wîc educaed e boys wo sang în e coîr. ïn 1897 er aer acceped a Crîs Curc îvîng în e ‘Fens’ (draîned, edgeess armand) abou sîxeen mîes rom Cambrîdge, and ogeer wî er moer, a serîes o governesses and a brîe experîence o scoo rom age Iteen, se receîved an exceen educaîon wîc suîed er parîcuar aens. Se emerged îno aduood odîng o a number o srong convîcîons, one o wîc was abou e împorance o vîgorous and cear înkîng and speakîng abou Crîsîan dogma, enîvenîng e rea and varîed exîsences o uman beîngs în a eîr compexîy. Enry o Somervîe
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Coege, Oxord în 1912 paced DLS among a very avoured ew în e Brîaîn o er day, oug prîvîege seered no one rom e mîserîes o Word War 1 as some o er eary pubîsed poery reveas. ïn any even, er ‘Hymn în Conempaîon o Sudden Dea’ (1916) ranscends îs orîgîns în warîme, oug was o come îno îs own especîay în e appaîng era o aerîa bombîng o cîvîîans în e new orrors o Word War . hîs îs o cenra împorance or e caedra pay wrîen or LîcIed, as we sa see. So ar as Word War ï îs concerned, DLS’ deecîve Icîon relecs someîng o e word o e survîvors and e be-reaved, and we noe ere a se never îsoaed erse rom e socîa and poîîca srugges o er day. Some o er sensîîvîîes are dîspayed în e deveopmen o er porraî o er arîso-craîc seu, Peer Wîmsey. He srugges wî ‘se-sock’ and e memory o avîng ad o gîve orders wîc sen so many o eîr deas, and as a seu e îs responsîbe oo or oer deas în a counry wîc sî enorced capîa punîsmen. A prîorîy or DLS o course was o Ind ways o earnîng er own îvîng, wîs aso negoîaîng a serîes o ove-reaîonsîps amongs e somewa probemaîc seecîon o avaîabe men o er socîa cass and educaîon pos-1918. A man wo was no ‘marrîageabe’ became e aer o er son, er ony cîd, and se sîmpy ad o earn money o suppor Anony, broug up as e was by a rused rîend beore e came o know Doroy as îs bîr-moer raer an as îs ‘adopîve’ moer. ïn 1926 DLS marrîed în a Regîsry Oice a dîvorced war-veeran, ‘Mac’, wose cîdren rom îs Irs marrîage dîd no îve wî îm. Lîe was ar rom easy, wa wî e poîîca and economîc egacy o Word War ï o conend wî, and e ack o seer poîîca wî o make canges or e genera good. Few coud
1 ïn e seecîon Hone, R.E.(ed)POetRY Of DOROtY L. SàYeRs,Doroy L. Sayers Socîey, Swavesey, Cambrîdge, , pp.-; and în Loades, A. (ed) DOROtY L. SàYeRs. SpIRItUàl WRItINgs,SPCK, London, , pp.-1 rom er Opus .
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vîew e possîbîîy o ye anoer major conlîc wî oer an e graves mîsgîvîngs. Ye î became împeraîve o desroy e ‘hîrd Reîc’ wî e consequences or e sape o pos-war Europe emergîng în e aer par o DLS’ îeîme. Se conrîb-ued vîgorousy o e înkîng abou e uure wîc needed o be underaken o brîng abou cange bo or e majorîy o e Brîîs popuaîon and or înernaîona reaîonsîps, no eas ose wî deeaed counrîes. Her deecîve Icîon was by no means a rîvîa dîsracîon rom ese împoran asks, or în î se expressed some o er mos passîonaey ed convîc-îons. For cenra o Crîsîan aî îs unequîvoca commîmen o ru and jusîce, wîou ese beîng îdenîIed as specîIcay Crîsîan în er noves. hus wen on oneymoon wî Harrîe (BUsmàN’s HONeYmOON(1937) se and Peer ogeer ace e ac ey canno pîck and coose, a ey mus ave e ru no maer wo sufers, and a noîng ese maers. hîs wî resu în a dea senence or e murderer, and anoer agonîsîng nîg or Peer as e waîs or e eîg a.m. momen o e execuîon, and wo knows wa consequences or oers învoved, owever margînay. Human jusîce and e pursuî o ru wî never be sîmpe, and e aterma unpredîcabe, ardy ree o ambîguîy and even o a measure o înjusîce. As Peer says, ‘ï ereIsa God or a judgemen – wa nex? Wa ave we done?’ God and judgemen were precîsey o become e ocus o er aenîon wen DLS was caug up îno e orbî o Canerbury Caedra and îs Fesîva o Musîc and Drama. ï was e ‘drama’ o be assocîaed wî e Fesîva wîc made î excepîona or îs day, gîven e ong-sandîng suspîcîon o e pre-Reormaîon radîîons o eare and îurgy amos wîped ou by ceraîn kînds o Proesanîsm. Canerbury ap-pened o ave as îs Dean G.K.A. Be, durîng e perîod wen îs Caper (governîng body) came o înk î was îme o caenge a suspîcîon. Havîng în 1927 ounded e Frîends o Canerbury Caedra (an înîîaîve o be oowed în many oer caedras) e ound îmse wî an ay în e person
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o Margare Babîngon, wo became e Frîends’ Seward e oowîng year. Caper and Frîends made possîbe pays specîay commîssîoned o be perormed on e caedra premîses, conînuîng even ater Be as become Bîsop o Cîceser în 1929. Be remaîns împoran or undersand-îng DLS’ perspecîve on e cos o e Aîed vîcory în Word War ïï sînce e became a passîonae crîîc o some aspecs o e governmen’s conduc o e war as an Epîscopa member o e Upper House o Parîamen (e ‘Lords’). Bo beore and ater Be’s îme as Dean, e pays commîssîoned or Canerbury Caedra were by a very dîs-înguîsed îneage o wrîers, wî T.S. Eîo’sMURdeR IN te CàtedRàl(1935) avîng a mos proound împac, gîven a î was wrîen or e Caedra în wîc homas a` Becke ad been done o dea. ï aso remînded audîences o e possîbî-îy o conînuîng conlîc beween monarc/governmen and bîsop. Foowîng îs own conrîbuîon on homas Cranmer, î was Cares Wîîams no ess wo suggesed DLS as wrîer o a pay or Canerbury, a coîce no necessarîy as surprîsîng as some seem o ave oug. Se ad some experîence o sage perormance and sagecrat rom bo scoo and unîversîy and a brîe experîence o scoo eacîng. Se ad pubîsed a sor ‘poeîc drama’he MOckINg Of CRIstîn er coec-îon oCàtOlIc Tàles àNd CRIstIàN SONgs(1918);BUsmàN’s HONeYmOONad Irs seen e îg o day as a pay or e sage (1936), co-auored wî anoer Somervîîan, wrîer Murîe S Care Byrne, dîsînguîsed îsorîan and wrîer and ecurer a e Roya Coege o Dramaîc Ar, and one o DLS’ vauabe rîends în e earîca word. ï was a sînguar caenge în îse o î on a subjec reevan o Canerbury, and îs DLS rîumpany dîd în coosîng o wrîe abou e rebuîdîng o e Caedra Coîr ater e Ire o 1174, cronîced by a
2. Jasper, R.C.D.GeORge Bell: BIsOp Of CIcesteR,OUP, London, . See aso Pîckerîng, K.DRàmà IN te CàtedRàl. he CàNteRbURY FestIvàl PlàYs 1928-1948Curcman Pubîsîng, Worîng, .
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