Drinkers Mass

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Drinkers Masses, to include Gamblers Masses, was a genre of medieval Latin poetry which parodied the Roman Catholic Latin Mass in order to make fun of drinking and gambling monks and clerics. These masses were written between about 1100 to 1700, with the first example being the gamblers mass (officio lusorum), found in the Carmina Burana. The genre is somewhat related to other medieval ecclesiastic parody, such as the Feast of Fools and the Feast of the Ass.


Parody in the Middle Ages: The Latin Tradition, by Martha Bayless, 1996.

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Collection of medieval drinkers and gamblers masses