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I saw on the news yesterday that the royal family was looking for a new court jester. I found this article about the story:

http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20......259r.htm

I guess I am not surprised that it was a juggler who won. But Mario, surely they missed out by not hearing your piles joke. I'm sure you would have won.
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Actually, the post is not Court Jester, but State Jester. The spirit is about the same, though.

One of the classic jester jokes is this one:

King Henry heard that his new jester could make a joke about any subject. So he ordered the jester brought before him.

"Foole," said the King, for that was his title, "I hear that you can make a joke on any subject."

"Aye, your Majesty,'tis true, in sooth, I can," replied the jester, fearing that he might offend the king, should his joke not please him.

"Then, Foole, make a joke about me," ordered the King.

He thought a bit and replied, "The King is not a subject."

The king guffawed, and the foole realized he had survived to joke another day.
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Royal family, never herd of them, they don't live by me!
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On 2004-08-09 11:36, Mario Morris wrote:
Royal family, never herd of them, they don't live by me!
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They don't care.. Smile , as long as YOU pay *royalities* Smile Smile
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That sucks Royal Court Jester, and you got to pay them.
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Would have the royals in my country!
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I think that's WONDERFUL news! It will be so cool if we see a resurgence of jesters with all the royal families in Europe!

Jesters have alwys been an interesting subject dear to my heart. The greatest of all time was the Danish (or possibly German) Tyll Eulenspiegel. If he existed at all (he's about the same status as Robin Hood legendwise) he could outwit anyone, and talk his way out of any situation. The post of Jester is one which really crosses all spheres of time and culture...the Chinese dynasties had them ('Chan' was a famous one to the Chin emporers) as did the African Bantu cheifs, and of course they were all over Europe.
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I think that's WONDERFUL news! It will be so cool if we see a resurgence of jesters with all the royal families in Europe!

They have had the resurgence, just look at the politicians.
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Jesters have alwys been an interesting subject dear to my heart. The greatest of all time was the Danish (or possibly German) Tyll Eulenspiegel. If he existed at all (he's about the same status as Robin Hood legendwise) he could outwit anyone, and talk his way out of any situation. The post of Jester is one which really crosses all spheres of time and culture...the chinese dynasties had them ('Chan' was a famous one to the Chin emporers) as did the African Bantu cheifs, and of course they were all over Europe.


Tyll Eulenspiegel (if he existed) was German. But he wasn't a court jester. He was actually an expansion of the Loki character from Norse mythology.
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Am I right in saying jesters didn't juggle do magic or tell jokes? they just played an instrument. Maybe I'm wrong I just remember something like that.
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Am I right in saying jesters didn't juggle do magic or tell jokes? they just played an instrument. Maybe I'm wrong I just remember something like that.
Matt


No. To the best of my understanding from searching, jesters were a bit of a jack of all trades in entertainment. They would juggle (not exactly sure about magic), tell jokes, stories, and generally be diverse in entertaining.
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No. To the best of my understanding from searching, jesters were a bit of a jack of all trades in entertainment. They would juggle (not exactly sure about magic), tell jokes, stories, and generally be diverse in entertaining.
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Just like politicians.
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I have just returned from a Shakespeare festival, where I was reminded that in Elizabethan English, "juggle" did not simply mean throwing things in the air with skill, but more broadly, to deceive. There are several uses in Shakespeare, here is one from Macbeth (V, VIII):

MACDUFF.

Turn, hell hound, turn!

MACBETH.

Of all men else I have avoided thee.
But get thee back, my soul is too much charged
With blood of thine already.

MACDUFF.

I have no words.
My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain
Than terms can give thee out! [They fight.]

MACBETH.

Thou losest labor.
As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed.
Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;
I bear a charmed life, which must not yield
To one of woman born.

MACDUFF.

Despair thy charm,
And let the angel whom thou still hast served
Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb
Untimely ripp'd.

MACBETH.

Accursed be that tongue that tells me so,
For it hath cow'd my better part of man!
And be these juggling fiends no more believed
That patter with us in a double sense,
That keep the word of promise to our ear
And break it to our hope. I'll not fight with thee.

Yours,

Paul
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