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Court Fools
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0521  Monday, 1 September 2008

From:       Conrad Bishop <
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Date:       Friday, 29 Aug 2008 14:43:58 -0700
Subject:    Court Fools

I'm having some difficulty locating good reference material on fools and jesters 
attached to courts or nobles' retinues.

I don't have access to an extensive library or interlibrary loan, but 
nevertheless if there are books specifically on this subject I'd be most 
grateful for the reference. Or if there's online information that doesn't 
require going through 413,000 websites of crap, that would be a godsend.

Also looking for descriptions of productions of Shakespeare that have played any 
of the court fools (e.g. Lear's Fool, Feste, Trinculo, etc.) as dwarfs or as 
people with physical deformities. I'm a stage director developing a puppet/mask 
production of TEMPEST for Sept. '09 and considering this as an option.

Thanks,
Conrad Bishop
The Independent Eye, Ltd.

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