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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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Troyes, Sens, and the Council of Basel

Troyes, Sens, and the Council of Basel

(p.208) Chapter 18 Troyes, Sens, and the Council of Basel
Sacred Folly

Max Harris

Cornell University Press

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 the Eastern churches, along with other matters such as the expulsion of popular culture from sacred space. On June 9, 1435, the council issued a series of decrees dealing with appropriate behavior in church. The last of the series was called “On Not Performing Spectacles in Churches,” which played an important role in the subsequent suppression of the Feast of Fools. This chapter considers the reactions of the cathedral chapters in Troyes and Sens to the Council of Basel decree.

Keywords:   decrees, Council of Basel, Feast of Fools, churches, cathedral chapters, Troyes, Sens

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