Medieval English Martinmesse : The Archaeology of a Forgotten Festival

  title={Medieval English Martinmesse : The Archaeology of a Forgotten Festival},
  author={Martin W. Walsh},
  pages={231 - 254}
  • M. Walsh
  • Published 1 January 2000
  • Art
  • Folklore
Beginning with Elizabethan literary references to a carnivalesque celebration of Martinmas, the present article surveys the St Martin cult in England in order to isolate features of the medieval celebration of the Christian feast and determine the feast's relationship to seasonal activities of early November. Martinmas is seen as both the last harvest festival and a curtain raiser for the extended winter revelling season, in effect a "Carnival" in late autumn. 
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