The Just Vengeance

Introduction by Ann Loades

The Just Vengeance

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  • ISBN: 9781610970242
  • Pages: 100
  • Publication Date: 7/20/2011
  • Retail Price: $16.00
Web Price: $12.80
Web Price: $12.80

The Just Vengeance

Introduction by Ann Loades

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  • ISBN: 9781610970242
  • Pages: 100
  • Publication Date: 7/20/2011
  • Retail Price: $16.00
Web Price: $12.80

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In this play, Dorothy L. Sayers addressed the crimes and problems of human life, especially those of the victors in war, in an entirely novel way, by precipitating an airman in the very moment of his death back into the company of citizens of the "City," in this case, Lichfield. The citizens range from Adam and Eve (Adam himself the inventor of the axe which kills Abel) together with other biblical characters in the history of redemption brought to new life as members of the City (e.g., Judas is a common informer). Others bear burdens of shame, toil, fear, poverty, and ingratitude. Former inhabitants (e.g., George Fox, Dr. Johnson) help the airman see that no more than they can he shift the burden of guilt and grief that they all share. There is but one remedy, to join the "Persona Dei" carrying his cross, finding indeed that he bears their burdens for them. The "Persona Dei" is finally seen in resurrection and glory.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"I am delighted at the long overdue re-publication of Dorothy L. Sayers' religious plays, which will help make these valuable texts available to the current generation. Let us hope that some theatre enthusiasts will be encouraged to re-stage them!"

Suzanne Bray, Lille Catholic University 
 

"As Ann Loades makes clear in her extremely informative introduction, Dorothy L. Sayers' plays are arguably the place where she did her best theological work. The re-publication of these plays makes it possible again for this remarkable writer to have the readers she so richly deserves."

 Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School

Contributors-

Dorothy L. Sayers
Ann Loades
Dorothy L. Grenz

Bio(s)-

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957), born and educated in Oxford, was an accomplished novelist, poet, playwright, scholar, and Christian apologist. Along with her religious drama, her numerous writings include translations of Dante, detective stories, theological works, and studies of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

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