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What was it actually like to be a court jester in medieval times?

In medieval times, the court jester occupied a unique position in the king’s court. For starters, they were one of the only people allowed to truly criticize and ridicule the king — but step out of bounds once and it’s off with your head! Is living in the royal palace worth it if a sword is always hanging over you? Here’s what life was really like for the jesters and jokers of yore.

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