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.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesActa ad Archaeologiam et Artium Historiam Pertinentia
Volume31 (2019)
Pages (from-to)197-209
Number of pages13
ISSN0065-0900
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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