Research: Gender relations in early modern song, theatre and festivities
The battle of the sexes is one of the most prominent themes in the festive, joyful culture of the LateMiddle Ages and the Early Modern Period. Numerous images, theatre plays, parades, songs andother performative texts dating from this period show women dominating their partners, ridiculouscases of domestic violence and cunning wives cheating on their husbands. In this short video, KatellLavéant, Cécile de Morrée and Rozanne Versendaal reveal that these representations ofrelationships between men and women were not only meant to be funny, but that they also servedother objectives. They offered opportunities to discuss serious matters in a light-hearted way, theyenabled people totry out and criticize various gender roles without social consequences and theywere used by printers to make religious treatises on marriage more attractive.

Singing Christmas Carols: Jesus as an ordinary teenager
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. Researcher Cécile de Morrée (Utrecht University) tells and sings about this.

More videos in Dutch:
Zingen in de middeleeuwen: Middeleeuwse vrouwen hadden thuis niets in te brengen… of wel?
Workshop: Leer zingen als een middeleeuwer!
Onderzoek: de Jaarkalender in middeleeuwse liedverzamelingen