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Talks and Lectures


A wide range of podcasts from talks and lectures held at Historic Royal Palaces

Jun 6, 2017

How does someone described as ‘foolish’ or ‘lacking judgement’ exert influence at the royal court? Court fools were prized entertainers and had favour and authority with the king. Henry’s court jester Will Somer had ‘admission to the King [at all times], especially when sick and melancholy’. Discover how the ‘foolish things of the world’ confounded the wise and learned.