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Name: The Jester (Deckle Edged Leather Bound Antiquarian Notebook).
The hand-made deckle-edged pages of this leather bound book are something like snowflakes: no two are alike. This little book (with its blank pages ready for musings, sketches, poetry, song lyrics, diary entries or more mundane jottings) can be a physically tangible and aesthetically pleasing binding for your words, like a finely carved gilded frame ready to hold a rich painting. It will be something to keep, unlike digitally created words on a screen, which are always just a few clicks away from total oblivion. The paper is made from recycled cotton fabric, instead of wood pulp. This not only saves trees, but makes the paper stronger and softer.
In ancient times, courts employed jesters and by the Middle Ages the jester was a familiar figure. In Renaissance times, aristocratic households in Britain employed licensed fools or jesters. They served not simply to amuse but to criticise their master or mistress and their guests. Queen Elizabeth (reigned 1558–1603) is said to have rebuked one of her “fools” for being insufficiently severe with her! A jester was given leeway by permission of the court. In other words, they were excused (to a great extent) for their words and behaviour. Jesters were also professional story tellers. Distinction was made between jesters and clowns or country bumpkins. Jesters were often called “fools” because their sharp tongues and bizarre antics would have been considered extremely foolish in polite society - were they not jesters! It would be a mistake to think of these individuals as being intellectually challenged or genuinely insane simply because of the term “fool”. Rare wit, charisma, intellect and education were required for their clever satire and storytelling, and as they were often playing to the same audiences repeatedly, new material was always required of them – as such their status was one of great privilege within a royal or noble household. A jester’s folly could be regarded as tomfoolery and entertainment but was often deemed to be divinely inspired. As well as being well paid, they were also quite safe - as only the greatest fool in Christendom would kill a king’s fool.