The Man Born to Be King
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The Man Born to Be King

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In twelve plays for broadcasting at monthly intervals, Dorothy L. Sayers drew on material from all four Gospels, keeping the theme of Jesus of Nazareth's divine kingship in focus throughout, while locating him firmly in the social and political context of his time. The first half cover episodes that precede the final journey to Jerusalem and the latter half primarily deal with Passion Week themes. It is the simplicity and profundity of Jesus' words in the Fourth Gospel especially that Sayers drew on in her own writing for the "voice" of Jesus "on air." The plays gave her an opportunity to explore the many gospel characters surrounding Jesus, not least that of Judas. And beyond the utter sorrow of Jesus' death, the King comes into his own in the garden of resurrection.

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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 The Man Born to Be King By Sayers, Dorothy L. Copyright© 1943 by Sayers, Dorothy L. ISBN 13: 978-1-61097-549-0 Publication date 8/1/2011 Published in association with Watkins/Loomis Agency, Inc. and David Higham Associates, Inc.
Dedîcaed o e Doroy L. Sayers Socîey a as generousy sponsored e producîon o îs 2 serîes edîîon
(Dedîcaîon or e orîgîna prînîng: “Hese pays are or Va Gîegud wo as made em îs aready.”)
For more înormaîon abou e DLS Socîey pease urn o e as page o îs book
ïnroducîon o e2011 Serîes Edîîon
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 7
Coege, Oxord în1912 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)L. SàYeRs. SpIRItUàl WRItINgs, DOROtY 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. er 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 arrîe (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. uman 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. avîng în1927 ounded e Frîends o Canerbury Caedra (an înîîaîve o be oowed în many
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oer caedras) e ound îmse wî an ay în e person 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 înremaîns împoran or undersand-1929. Be 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
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, . 10