Dwarfs as jesters

Dwarfs as jesters

There is considerable overlap in the role and status of court dwarfs and jesters, and many jesters were dwarfs, perhaps most notably in Europe.  Even though some Chinese jesters were also dwarfs, such as You Shi 優施 and You Zhan 優旃, this bold assertion is striking,...
By appointment

By appointment

Accounts of how jesters came to be recruited to their role range from the credible to the mythical.  A courtier spotting a suitable candidate on his travels is feasible.  A king appointing a jester based on a brassy rejoinder, likewise.  However, this delightful tale,...

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