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New PDF release: A Social History of the Fool

By Sandra Billington

ISBN-10: 0312732937

ISBN-13: 9780312732936

ISBN-10: 0571299989

ISBN-13: 9780571299980

who's the idiot and what does he suggest to us? Pre-1900 students concept him a Renaissance model, a continental import of word within the British Isles merely among 1486 and the 1630s, in line with his appearances in Shakespeare's performs. despite the fact that, as Sandra Billington indicates during this pioneering examine, 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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