The right to speak

The right to speak

A salient characteristic of the jester is the right to speak out, or in any case, freely.  Their licence to say whatever they feel like is widely acknowledged even if sometimes it was curtailed by an offended king or other bigwig in the moment.  After the court jester...
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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