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,...
Luti – Persian

Luti – Persian

Gianni Izzo’s engaging and insightful article on Persian jesters of the Safavid (1501-1722) and Zand (1750-79) periods, also highlights some terms relating to jesters.  Among these is one which seems to have included ‘jester’ while encompassing a...
TED animation on fools now online

TED animation on fools now online

Delighted to announce the launch of a short animated lesson on fools, developed with TED Education. Join over a million others in watching this playful five-minute video, also available on YouTube.  And feel free to use the teaching prompts if you’re in the...

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