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Sacred folly : a new history of the feast of fools

Author: Max Harris
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2014. ©2011
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For centuries, the Feast of Fools has been condemned and occasionally celebrated as a disorderly, even transgressive Christian festival, in which reveling clergy elected a burlesque Lord of Misrule, presided over the divine office wearing animal masks or women's clothes, sang obscene songs, swung censers that gave off foul-smelling smoke, played dice at the altar, and otherwise parodied the liturgy of the church.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Max Harris
ISBN: 0801479495 9780801479496 9780801449567 0801449561
OCLC Number: 862207302
Awards: Winner of Winner, Otto Grundler Book Prize given by the Medi.
Description: x, 322 pages : map ; 24 cm
Contents: I: Before the Feast of fools --
The Kalends of January --
The Holy City of Byzantium --
Roman games --
Herod in Germany --
Tossing a ball in a French cathedral --
II: Shaping the Feast of Fools --
The Feast of the Subdeacons --
The Feast of the ass --
The complaints of innocent III --
The office of the circumcision --
The plays of Daniel and Joseph --
III: Supporting the feast of fools --
Chapter support --
Rumors of disorder --
A spirited defense --
Youth groups, coal dust, and cow dung --
Outside France --
IV: Suppressing the Feast of Fools --
Jean Gerson and the Auxerre affair --
Trouble in St.-Omer and Noyon --
Troyes, sens, and the Council of Basel --
Rereading the letter from Paris --
A durable feast --
V: Beyond the Feast of Fools --
Festive societies --
Innocents and fools --
King of the Breeches --
Our lady of the Trellis --
Mother Fool --
Epilogue: orange peel in Antibes.
Responsibility: Max Harris.

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The real history and meaning of the Feast of Fools-usually misunderstood as a sacrilegious festival.  Read more...

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"Max Harris has responded to the challenge laid down by Aime Cherest more than 150 years ago, to produce fresh ideas on the Feast of Fools... . Sacred Folly is a splendid response to Cherest's Read more...

 
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