My horse, my horse

My horse, my horse

Jester Meng 優孟 is one of the Chinese jesters immortalized in what may be the world’s first historical study of jesters, by China’s Herodotus Sima Qian 司馬遷 (c. 145-86 BC).  He served King Zhuang of Chu 楚莊王 (r. 613-591 BCE) and Sima Qian gives several lively...
Unlimited licence

Unlimited licence

A commonly mentioned feature of the court jester is their acknowledged but informal and ill-defined ‘licence’ to speak out, mock, criticize, tell the truth.  Here is a striking description of a caste (or even out-caste) of clowns said to have had...

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