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Sacred FollyA New History of the Feast of Fools$
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Max Harris

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449567

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.001.0001

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Outside France

Outside France

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(p.172) Chapter 15 Outside France
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Sacred Folly
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Max Harris

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.003.0015

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 particularly strong. Even so, the evidence from England is scant compared to that from France. Moreover, it is apparent that the Feast of Fools in England differed in several respects from its French counterpart. This chapter discusses three clusters of records of the English Feast of Fools: the first stretches from 1222 to 1245 and encompasses evidence from Salisbury, Lincoln, and London; the second is from 1331 to 1360 and covers the southwest dioceses of Wells and Exeter; the third, in 1390–91, belongs to the northeasterly cities of Lincoln and Beverley.

Keywords:   dioceses, Feast of Fools, France, England, Salisbury, Lincoln, London, Beverley, Wells

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