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165143.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:28 am Reply with quote

Charles VI of France “retained a notorious madman called Haincelin Coq, who was given to frenzied dancing and leaping” and tearing off of his clothes. Given that Charles himself was subject to “disabling attacks of mental instability,” this must have been a bit confusing all round.

165150.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:36 am Reply with quote

Elizabeth I had a fool named William, who was looked after by a man called Phypp. This Phypp (real name William Worthy) is “the first person that we know about to be given the official title of ‘Keeper of the King’s fools’.”

165169.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:49 am Reply with quote

Is an unemployed jester nobody's fool?

165181.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 7:04 am Reply with quote

A single kudo for that.

The deceased jester Yorick is thought by some to be based on the the Elizabethan comedian Richard Tarleton who was a star performer of the pre-Shakespearian stage.

165207.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 7:27 am Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
Is an unemployed jester nobody's fool?

Nobody's nobody, in fact, given that a fool was known as a nebulo.

165303.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:58 am Reply with quote

I'm currently reading Peter Ackroyd's biography of Shakespeare, which QIly points out that the nature of 'fools' as portrayed in Shakespeare's plays changes with the departure of William Kemp from the company in the late 1590s and the arrival of Robert Armin, a slender chap who was a talented musician (where Kemp was a stout chap famed for his dancing). Fools in the later plays have many more songs to sing (qv Twelfth Night).

Molly Cule
165331.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:47 am Reply with quote

Noah's Ark was known as "Sunday toy": children were not allowed to play with most toys on Sunday, but Noah's Ark was an exception because of its biblical subject matter.

s - pollocks toy museum (er....leaflet!)

165334.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:49 am Reply with quote

Do you think all the fresh-water fish were in the ark too, or were they left to fend for themselves? (i.e. was it a multi-story carp ark?) Aythengyou.


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