Everyman closely resembles the Flemish play Elckerlijc,first printed in 1495. One of them is probably a translation of the other andmany scholars have argued as to the superiority of one over the other. Thedifficulty of deciding whether Everyman or Elckerlijc came first is a reminderthat the play is a product not of Holland or England in particular, but ofmedieval Catholic Europe. Everyman's fear of death is a universal emotion, buthis spiritual victory over death is a triumphant expression of Christian faithand Catholic doctrine.


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