A Social History of the Fool by Sandra Billington

By Sandra Billington

who's the idiot and what does he suggest to us? Pre-1900 students idea him a Renaissance model, a continental import of be aware within the British Isles in basic terms among 1486 and the 1630s, in step with his appearances in Shakespeare's performs. even if, as Sandra Billington indicates during this pioneering research, the idiot has been with us from medieval occasions and has worn many guises: village fool and complex comic, embodiment of devil and God's personal jester. He has controlled, as Billington notes, 'to motivate or infect our pondering for a minimum of 8 hundred years'.

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