Fools Are Everywhere: The Court Jester Around the World

Fools Are Everywhere: The Court Jester Around the World

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by Beatrice K. Otto
     
 

In this lively work, Beatrice K. Otto takes us around the world in search of one of the most colorful characters in history—the court jester.  These quick-witted, quirky characters crop up everywhere, from the courts of ancient China and Mogul India to those of medieval Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. A cornucopia of anecdotes, jokes,

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In this lively work, Beatrice K. Otto takes us around the world in search of one of the most colorful characters in history—the court jester.  These quick-witted, quirky characters crop up everywhere, from the courts of ancient China and Mogul India to those of medieval Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. A cornucopia of anecdotes, jokes, quotations, epigraphs, and illustrations (including flip art) brings to light little-known jesters, highlighting their humanizing influence on the head honchos of history, and shining a more idiosyncratic, intimate light on figures of power and position.

Written with wit and humor, Fools Are Everywhere is the most comprehensive look at these roguish, vital personalities who risked their necks not only to mock and entertain but also to fulfill a deep and widespread human and social need.

“Through anecdotes, historical details, analyses, and commentary, Otto brilliantly delineates the court jester, and quotations and illustrations do much to enhance this eminently readable text."—Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226640921
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Beatrice K. Ottolives and works in Geneva.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Number of Fools Is Infinite
1. Facets of the Fool
2. The Scepter and the Bauble
3. In Risu Veritas, or Many a True Word Spoken in Jest
4. Overstepping the Mark: The Limits of His License
5. Religion, Erudition, and Irreverence
6. All the World's a Stage
7. Stultorum Plena Sunt Omnia, or Fools Are Everywhere
Epilogue: Future Fooling?
Appendix: Table of Named Jesters
Glossary of Chinese Characters
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index

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