'City Of Fools': What Medieval Music Can Tell Us About Our Politics

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Anne Azema singing with the Boston Camerata (Credit Ohkyeong Kwon)
Anne Azema singing with the Boston Camerata (Credit Ohkyeong Kwon)

We have all heard on the news and the radio that this is a truly unique time for politics. Whether the scandals created by WikiLeaks, accusations of abuse by a presidential candidates, or accusations of voter fraud, we hear constantly that our political climate is in a dire state.

But what if we were told that this isn't doomsday? That this has actually all happened before?

The Boston Camerata, an early music ensemble, is doing just that. Their upcoming performance is titled "City of Fools: Rule and Misrule in the Middle Ages." It's a concert of troubadour songs from the 12th to the 14th centuries, bearing the good news that societies have dealt with political strife, and prevailed, for hundreds of years.


Anne Azema, vocalist and artistic director of The Boston Camerata. They tweet @BostonCamerata.

This article was originally published on October 18, 2016.

This segment aired on October 18, 2016.



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