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Court Fools Who Owned Whole Towns

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Hitard, whowas attached to Edniuuc Ironsides, is the first court jester of whom we have record. He owned the towii of Wahvorth, a gift trom theking. He held it through tour succeeding reigus. aud before leaving Eugland fot Rome. where he spent his last days, he presen ted it to the chureh, placing the deed upou the altar of the cathedral oi Cauterbury. Gallet, Galet or Gollet, a uative o: Bayeux, was oue of William the Cou queror's jesters. He was attached to William vlieu only Duke of Kormandy aud saved his ma ter 's lifebr disclosing a plot for his assassiuatiou. Berdic was auother. He is eurolled iu domesday book as joculator regis and lord of three towns, all rent free, and five carucate iu Gloueestershire. Rahere was jestei to Henry I, and William Piculph, or Pi col, jester to Kiug Johu. Master Henry who, it is thought, may be idéntica with Henry of Avranches, the poet lau reate or versificator, was.jester to Henrj III.-


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