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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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The Office of the Circumcision

The Office of the Circumcision

(p.98) Chapter 9 The Office of the Circumcision
Sacred Folly

Max Harris

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the subdeacons' offices for the feast of the Circumcision in France and their roles in the early Feasts of Fools. Peter of Corbeil, archbishop of Sens between 1200 and his death in 1222, may have been the first to compile a fully prescribed office for the feast of the Circumcision. He was also among those to whom Peter of Capua's complaint was addressed and a signatory to Eudes of Sully's decree. Peter of Corbeil was probably active in drafting the Paris reform. Although comparable Circumcision offices survive from Beauvais and Le Puyen-Velay, along with an office of the Epiphany from Laon, the Sens office was the first to be published in a fully annotated edition with text and music (1907). The Sens office's relative neglect in twentieth-century accounts of the Feast of Fools is thus particularly notable. This chapter discusses the activities of the Laon office of the Epiphany as well as the offices of the Circumcision in Sens, Beauvais, and Le Puy.

Keywords:   feast of the Circumcision, Feast of Fools, Peter of Corbeil, Sens, Beauvais, Le Puyen-Velay, Laon, office of the Epiphany, offices of the Circumcision, subdeacons

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