Urban Festivities

Urban Festivities – Katell Lavéant (project director)

In Lyon, in the second half of the 16th century, the joyful company of the printers organized annual festivities that gathered other guilds from the different neighborhoods of the city. They paraded on the streets and mocked weak husbands and unfaithful wives. They discussed current affairs in plays performed on the crossroads, evoking the cost of living and the wars of religion, but also celebrating life and good company. The goal of these festivities was therefore to strengthen social cohesion within Lyon’s community.

To understand the importance of such festive events, this project analyzes the theatre plays and the descriptions of the parades left by the printers in their books, but also other material traces: coins made for the occasion, archival documents, and images on the same joyful themes…