Noels (Christmas carols)

Medieval Manuscripts
Noels (Christmas carols)

Item Info

Item No: mca2110261
Additional Title: Noels (Christmas carols)
Script: Cursive
Language: French
Folio Number: f. 26r
Source: Rare Book Department
Notes: Musicians
Notes: This manuscript can be dated to ca. 1520, with sixteenth-century additions.
Notes: This manuscript contains a rare collection of French "Noels" or Christmas carols, many of which are unpublished. These were popular songs sung by the laity in celebration of Christmas and outside of a liturgical or ritual context. The agrarian and pastoral themes that appear in the illustrations throughout the manuscript reflect the rustic associations that this form of popular song carried, due in part to the fact that according to the Bible, it had been the lowly shepherds who had been the first to hear of Christ's birth. In the lower margin on this leaf, a wild man, a popular motif in the Middle Ages, plays the pipe and tabor as another looks on.
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1610925
Country: Country:France

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1525
Image Dimensions Width: 265 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 211

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