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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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A Spirited Defense

A Spirited Defense

(p.156) Chapter 13 A Spirited Defense
Sacred Folly

Max Harris

Cornell University Press

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 1246, the chapter of Nevers cathedral received a series of directions from Eudes of Tusculum. Not surprisingly, one ruling had to do with the Feast of Fools. The bishop of Nevers, Robert Cornu, was himself a papal appointee to the see. It is not clear what part if any he played in framing these directions. This chapter first considers the dispute that arose in Romans-sur-Isère in 1274 between Archbishop Guy of Vienne, the canons of the collegiate church of Saint Barnard in Romans, and the lay community of Romans. It then looks at two very different views of Christmas week festivities in French cathedrals: the canons' view and Gilles Vivien's view.

Keywords:   churches, cathedral chapters, Feast of Fools, Eudes of Tusculum, Robert Cornu, canons, Christmas, festivities, cathedrals, Gilles Vivien

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