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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 suggestion him a Renaissance model, a continental import of notice within the British Isles in simple terms among 1486 and the 1630s, in keeping with his appearances in Shakespeare's performs. notwithstanding, as Sandra Billington indicates during this pioneering learn, the idiot has been with us from medieval instances 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 no less than 8 hundred years'.

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