A Social History of the Fool by Sandra Billington PDF

By Sandra Billington

who's the idiot and what does he suggest to us? Pre-1900 students concept him a Renaissance type, a continental import of notice within the British Isles in basic terms among 1486 and the 1630s, in keeping with his appearances in Shakespeare's performs. besides the fact that, as Sandra Billington exhibits during this pioneering examine, the idiot has been with us from medieval occasions and has worn many guises: village fool and complicated comic, embodiment of devil and God's personal jester. He has controlled, as Billington notes, 'to motivate or infect our considering for no less than 8 hundred years'.

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