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Mother Fool

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0025
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the supposed historical connection between the Infanterie Dijonnaise and the Feast of Fools in Dijon's Sainte-Chapelle. More specifically, it considers the Infanterie ... More


Jean Gerson and the Auxerre Affair

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0016
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines Jean Gerson's attempts to suppress the Feast of Fools in 1400 by focusing on his involvement in the Auxerre affair. Jean Gerson was appointed dean of the collegiate church of ... More


Prologue: A Letter from Paris

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0027
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This book reexamines the history of the Feast of Fools and locates it in its liturgical context. It first discusses a range of activities that have been mistakenly identified as precursors to or ... More


Chapter Support

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0011
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on the cathedral chapters' financial and moral support for the Feast of Fools. In 1400 Jean Gerson, chancellor of the University of Paris, launched his first attack on the Feast ... More


Rumors of Disorder

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0012
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines unwarranted rumors of disorder in the Feast of Fools despite the evidence of sustained support by cathedral chapters. One such rumor arises from a reference to the Feast of ... More


Outside France

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0015
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the evidence for the Feast of Fools outside France. There is very little evidence of the Feast of Fools outside France. Most comes from England, where French influence was ... More


A Durable Feast

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0020
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the persistence of the Feast of Fools despite various efforts to suppress it. Some cathedral chapters capitulated quickly to pressure for supression: the Feast of Fools was ... More


Rereading the Letter from Paris

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0019
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the letter issued by the faculty of theology at the University of Paris in March 1445 denouncing the Feast of Fools. Those who issued the letter were heirs to an extended ... More


Festive Societies

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0021
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the proliferation of lay festive societies in northern France between about 1450 and 1560 even as the clerical Feast of Fools was struggling to survive in the face of various ... More


Troyes, Sens, and the Council of Basel

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0018
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the impact of the decree of the Council of Basel on the Feast of Fools. The Council of Basel was primarily concerned with questions of papal supremacy, heresy, and union with ... More


The Complaints of Innocent III

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines Pope Innocent III's complaints about the Feast of Fools. The first official complaints about the Feast of Fools appear between 1198 and 1216. Many of the complaints seem to be ... More


Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Max Harris

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

For centuries, the Feast of Fools has been condemned and occasionally celebrated as a disorderly, even transgressive Christian festival. The problem with this popular account, is that it is wrong. ... More


The Feast of the Subdeacons

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the feast of the subdeacons in relation to the Feast of Fools. Writing in Paris sometime between 1160 and 1164, John Beleth talked about the feast of the subdeacons and ... More


The Plays of Daniel and Joseph

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines two plays that were performed as part of the Feast of Fools liturgy: the Play of Daniel in Beauvais and the Office of Joseph in Laon. The Play of Daniel, now the best known and ... More


Trouble in St.-Omer and Noyon

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0017
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines concerted efforts to suppress the Feast of Fools in the French towns of Senlis, St.-Omer, and Noyon. Although Auxerre was the only cathedral chapter named by Jean Gerson, his ... More


A Spirited Defense

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0013
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on churches where local cathedral chapters, often with considerable resistance, faced efforts by external authorities to suppress their celebration of the Feast of Fools. In ... More


Youth Groups, Coal Dust, and Cow Dung

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0014
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the early evidence of companies of young laymen holding seasonal festivities of their own. One factor that has confused historians of the Feast of Fools is the appearance in the ... More


Epilogue: Orange Peel in Antibes

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0026
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This epilogue discusses Michel Neuré's fulmination against foolery in the Franciscan church in Antibes at the feast of the Innocents, which he articulated in Complaint to Gassendi (1645). One of the ... More


The Office of the Circumcision

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the subdeacons' offices for the feast of the Circumcision in France and their roles in the early Feasts of Fools. Peter of Corbeil, archbishop of Sens between 1200 and his death ... More


The Feast of the Ass

Max Harris

in Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the “feast of the Ass” as part of the Feast of Fools during the mid-twelfth century. According to Pierre Louvet's account, the feast of the Circumcision was celebrated with an ... More


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