Danielis ludus: Transforming Clerics in the Twelfth Century

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A twelfth-century so-called liturgical drama (preserved in a unique copy of the thirteenth century, preserved in British Library, London), the Danielis ludus (Play of Daniel), based mainly on chapters 5 and 6 from the Book of Daniel has been much discussed in scholarship. It has been seen by scholars, not least Margot Fassler, as a (music) drama intended to establish a role model for young clerics in connection with ecclesiastical attempts at reforming the celebrations for New Year’s in Beauvais, the so-called Feast of Fools. In this article, with consideration also of a recent discussion of the New Year’s liturgy, I suggest to understand the Danielis ludus as a liturgical ritual transforming the (corporate) identity of the young clerics who were, undoubtedly, involved in its performance.
BogserieActa ad Archaeologiam et Artium Historiam Pertinentia
Vol/bind31 (2019)
Sider (fra-til)197-209
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - 2020

Bibliografisk note

Special issue of the journal, edited by Line Cecilie Engh, Stefka G. Eriksen, Francis F. Steen, Christopher Prescott.


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