J is for Jester

Jesters were entertainers in medieval times who were employed to entertain nobility or entertain commoners at fairs and markets.  They employed a wide variety of skills including music, storytelling, acrobatics, juggling and song usually in a comic style.  Many jesters made jokes about people or events known to their audience.

               1) Use of the word "jester" in the modern sense did not begin until the mid-16th century.

               2) Jesters served both to amuse and criticize their master/mistress and their guests.

               3) They enjoyed a privileged status in a noble household.

               4) Jesters could give bad news that no one else dare deliver.


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  1. My teaching partner is at a clown workshop this weekend. I expect him to be insufferable when he gets back - a jester, indeed.

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