The Feast of Fools and the Office of the Circumcision from Sens, France

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Written in the beginning of the 13th century, on the Archbishop Pierre de Corbeil’s initiative, the office of the Circumcision from Sens contains the liturgical repertory for the 1st January embellished by poems in Latin. In the cathedral of Sens, as well as in many places in the Middle Ages, the days following Christmas were the occasion of special celebrations where young clerics acted as prelates. The 1st January was at the same time the liturgical festival for the Circumcision of Christ, but also the feast of fools led by the Precentor of the fools. This manuscript is thus in the junction of these two celebrations. But does it represent a testimony of the musical repertory sung during the feast of fools, or is it a substitute created by Pierre in the aim of channelling subversive deeds?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Medieval Congress 2016: Food, Feast & Famine - Institute for Medieval Studies - Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures/University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jul 20167 Jul 2016


ConferenceInternational Medieval Congress 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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