The medieval clergy has transmitted a negative representation of carnival ritual. It was the subject of frequent preaching on moral warning on the last Sunday before the beginning of lent. The paper examines Latin sources from 13th- and 15th-century Italy and Germany, and finds them introducing a notion of superstition: popular culture is interpreted by zealous friars as a survival of rooted forms of paganism.

Carnival in medieval sermons

ARCANGELI, Alessandro
1997

Abstract

The medieval clergy has transmitted a negative representation of carnival ritual. It was the subject of frequent preaching on moral warning on the last Sunday before the beginning of lent. The paper examines Latin sources from 13th- and 15th-century Italy and Germany, and finds them introducing a notion of superstition: popular culture is interpreted by zealous friars as a survival of rooted forms of paganism.
Jacob of Varagine; Johannes Herolt; Paul Wann; Bernardino of Feltre; carnival; medieval sermons
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