Fools are Everywhere

Fools are Everywhere : The Court Jester Around the World

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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 Mughal 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 27.9mm | 566.99g
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 49 halftones, 66 line drawings
  • 0226640922
  • 9780226640921
  • 339,325

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In this lively work, Beatrice K. Otto takes us on a journey around the world in search of one of the most colorful characters in history--the court jester. Though not always clad in cap and bells, these witty, quirky characters crop up everywhere, from the courts of ancient China and the Mogul emperors of India to those of medieval Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. With a wealth of anecdotes, jokes, quotations, epigraphs, and illustrations (including flip art), Otto brings to light little-known jesters, highlighting their humanizing influence on people with power and position and placing otherwise remote historical figures in a more idiosyncratic, intimate light.
Most of the work on the court jester has concentrated on Europe; Otto draws on previously untranslated classical Chinese writings and other sources to correct this bias and also looks at jesters in literature, mythology, and drama. Written with wit and humor, Fools Are Everywhere is the most comprehensive look at these roguish characters who risked their necks not only to mock and entertain but also to fulfill a deep and widespread human and social need.
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"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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About Beatrice K. Otto

Beatrice K. Otto lives and works in Geneva.
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