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 be aware within the British Isles simply among 1486 and the 1630s, according to his appearances in Shakespeare's performs. despite the fact that, as Sandra Billington exhibits during this pioneering learn, the idiot has been with us from medieval instances 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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