After the fall of Rome the 600’s A.D., came a period known to us as the "."
Much political turmoil – no reliable political structure
The was the only stable "government"
The (large estate), headed by a nobleman, had absolute authority over the , (peasants) who worked the land. Lords of manors were vassals, or subjects, of a king. The king’s knights protected the lords and their land.
Serfs (servants) owed allegiance to their .
There are many church edicts against , , – terms for secular performers.
Little is known about the theatre between A.D.
Minstrels or troubadours became the primary preserver of tribal histories, but the Teutonic tribes converted to Christianity after the 7th or 8th century, and they were denounced, branded as bad as mimes.
_, a nun, wrote religious plays based on Terence's plays, but they wereprobably "closet dramas."
Between 925 and 975, drama becomes re-introduced into the .
Christian ceremonies, where the theatre seems to have been "." Theatre was "reborn" within the very institution that helped to .
“:” within the church liturgy (the service)
The practice blossomed – many developed dealing with biblical themes—mostly Easter, Christmas, the 12th Night (Feast of the Epiphany).
At first, the church had control of the drama outside of the church, but then it gradually became more controlled by secular groups.
The (tradesmen or Confraternities) took over in some cities, and it was common for certain Guilds to retain control over certain plays / stories, all of which were based in some way on the Bible or religious teachings.