- Title Pages
- Title Pages
- Chapter 1 The Kalends of January
- Chapter 2 The Holy City of Byzantium
- Chapter 3 Roman Games
- Chapter 4 Herod in Germany
- Chapter 5 Tossing a Ball in a French Cathedral
- Chapter 6 The Feast of the Subdeacons
- Chapter 7 The Feast of the Ass
- Chapter 8 The Complaints of Innocent III
- Chapter 9 The Office of the Circumcision
- Chapter 10 The Plays of Daniel and Joseph
- Chapter 11 Chapter Support
- Chapter 12 Rumors of Disorder
- Chapter 13 A Spirited Defense
- Chapter 14 Youth Groups, Coal Dust, and Cow Dung
- Chapter 15 Outside France
- Chapter 16 Jean Gerson and the Auxerre Affair
- Chapter 17 Trouble in St.-Omer and Noyon
- Chapter 18 Troyes, Sens, and the Council of Basel
- Chapter 19 Rereading the Letter from Paris
- Chapter 20 A Durable Feast
- Chapter 21 Festive Societies
- Chapter 22 Innocents and Fools
- Chapter 23 King of the Breeches
- Chapter 24 Our Lady of the Trellis
- Chapter 25 Mother Fool
A Letter from Paris
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 early examples of the Feast of Fools, the most important of which are the Kalends masquerades. It then considers the way in which the Feast of Fools took shape and received local ecclesiastical support in northern France from the mid-thirteenth to the end of the fourteenth century. It also chronicles attempts to suppress the Feast of Fools, from Jean Gerson in 1400 to the university theologians of Paris in 1445. Finally, the book documents the proliferation of lay festive societies in France between about 1450 and 1560. As an introduction, this prologue analyzes the letter issued by the faculty of theology at the University of Paris in March 1445 denouncing the Feast of Fools.
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