Carols weren't just for Christmas

Dr Frances M Eustace

South West
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Educational/ entertainer/musician
Paid: £100 plus expenses
27th August 2020
15Th Century | Carols | History Culture

Medieval carolling was a popular, all-season activity and not always religious. My talk explores the dance-song background to carolling and the earlier medieval references to the activity long before any texts were written down. The collections of texts written by later Franciscan writers contain, alongside some of the most well known poems honouring Jesus and Mary, some extremely dis-honourable ones. My study looks at these decidedly 'secular' carols and ends with a pastiche reconstruction of a carolling session, with audience participation.

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About Dr Frances M Eustace

I am a professional musician and medievalist. I have completed my PhD in Secular Carolling (Rude medieval dance-songs) and have given lectures on the minstrel described in Piers Plowman and also The Allegory of the Dance of Death. I am a published author on this and medieval dance. (Routledge). Please view my website for more information. All my talks contain an element of performance (singing, bagpipes, pipe and tabor, psaltery). My period of interest stretches from Late Medieval, Early Modern (Tudor) to Restoration. I also play baroque bassoon and viol and give talks about Pepys and Purcell.

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