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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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Herod in Germany

Herod in Germany

(p.41) Chapter 4 Herod in Germany
Sacred Folly

Max Harris

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the German tradition of Herod games and liturgical plays that stretches back at least to the eleventh century. More specifically, it looks at Herod games and plays from places that used to be part of imperial Germany but are now in eastern Belgium, eastern France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. It first considers the rite performed by clerical actors representing King Herod and his court in thirteenth-century Padua and how it relates to the Herod tradition. It then explores the distinction between the Herod tradition and the Feast of Fools as well as criticism aimed at the tradition by Gerhoh of Reichersberg and Herrad of Landsberg. It also describes how the Padua Representation of Herod was integrated into the church's liturgy and resembled the Feast of Fools.

Keywords:   liturgical plays, Herod games, Germany, Herod, Padua, Feast of Fools, Gerhoh of Reichersberg, Herrad of Landsberg, Representation of Herod, liturgy

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