January 1st is the Feast of Fools, notoriously a time of drunkenness and debauchery in the medieval church. But was it really? This week, Dr. Max Harris debunks the myths behind the madness of one of history’s most misunderstood celebrations.
Max Harris is an Emeritus Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and works on topics such as festivals, theatre and hagiography. He is the author of Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools. You can learn more about Max from his university webpage or on Academia.edu.
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