Medieval Count Jester

The medieval court jester was much more than just a prankster who danced around like an idiot for the amusement of others; he was an important part of the King’s advisory council. He was an observer, a listener, a psychologist, a prosecutor, a spy. One might say he was not unlike the satan in the Hebrew bible (which is not the Devil, by the way), who was a person in Yahweh’s court that was given free reign to test, question and challenge without fear of reprisal. Enter the jester who, in jest, could reveal the obvious or even the not so obvious and live to tell the tale.

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by Julie Upmeyer, Observer in Residence, Off Limits Festival & Symposium, 2007

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