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By Sandra Billington

who's the idiot and what does he suggest to us? Pre-1900 students idea him a Renaissance style, a continental import of be aware within the British Isles purely among 1486 and the 1630s, according to his appearances in Shakespeare's performs. even if, as Sandra Billington indicates during this pioneering learn, the idiot has been with us from medieval instances and has worn many guises: village fool and complicated comic, embodiment of devil and God's personal jester. He has controlled, as Billington notes, 'to encourage or infect our pondering for a minimum of 8 hundred years'.

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