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Feast of Fool

Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:02 pm
by Limes Temporis
Hi! :D
Can anyone tell us about the medieval Feast of Fool?
We are interested to realize something.

Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:19 pm
by Brother Ranulf
Here's the official (Church) view:

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:14 pm
by Limes Temporis
Thank you Brother! IBut 've just seen this site before, do you know images from manuscripts on the web?

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:39 pm
by Brother Ranulf
I am fairly certain that none exist. As the Vatican site says:

"We possess hundreds, not to say thousands, of liturgical manuscripts of all countries and all descriptions. Amongst them the occurrence of anything which has to do with the Feast of Fools is extraordinarily rare. In missals and breviaries we may say that it never occurs. At best a prose or a trope composed for such an occasion is here and there to be found in a gradual or an antiphonary".

This would indicate that no illuminations referring to the Feast of Fools are to be found, only a few texts with hymns or plainsong used during the Feast.

The site also mentions many attempts to distort the facts surrounding this and the "Boy Bishop" event; it is likely that any pictures you may find will be post-medieval and best filed under "fantasy".

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:13 pm
by Limes Temporis
Ok Thanks Brother
benedicat tibi Dominus.