Did you know that Jesus was an ordinary teenager, too? Who had to do chores at home and went out with girls in the evening? At least, that's how it was seen in the late Middle Ages. We know this because we know Christmas carols from that time that tell us about it. These songs were among the most popular Dutch songs. In the course of the 15th and 16th centuries, we see a lot of different versions of carols, bringing the story of Jesus even closer to our homes. Dr Cécile de Morrée (Medieval Culture) tells and sings about this.
Lord Jesus going out, picking up girls?
Cécile de Morrée
Cécile de Morrée is a post-doctoral researcher. She works on Middle Dutch and Middle French performative literature and song culture, particularly on festive culture, mock songs and gender roles. She is currently involved in the NWO project Uncovering Joyful Culture: Parodic Literature and Practices in and around the Low Countries (13th-17th centuries). In addition to her research, Cécile works as a teacher in the Bachelor's program Dutch language and Culture.