Elizabethan Times - Elizabethan Jesters
Elizabethan Court Jesters played a minor role in court life but certainly brightened up the entertainments! The history of court jesters dated back before the Medieval era of the Middle Ages, which they are most closely associated with. Queen Elizabeth would have enjoyed the antics of her father famous court jester - Will Somers. Court jesters were responsible for bringing a smile to the face of a monarch who was feeling angry or who was feeling unwell. The court jesters of the renaissance period can be compared to the circus clowns of today. The first court jesters wore a hat depicting the ears of an ass - the asses tail was added to his costume. The clothes worn by the court jester moved on to gaudy, brightly colored and humerous attire. The court jesters cloth hat was most distinctive consisting of three points with a jingle bell at the end of each point. A court jester would also carry a mock sceptre called a bauble which was adorned by a carved head or the inflated bladder of an animal!

  • Interesting Facts and Information about Elizabethan Jesters
    The role of the fool or Elizabethan Jesters were changing. The Elizabethan jesters played a dual role as Elizabethan jesters and Elizabethan Actors. The most famous Elizabethan jesters were:

    • Richard Tarleton (or Tarlton) was a jester for Queen Elizabeth an actor and a playwright

    • William Kempe was an Elizabethan jester who was one of the principal actors in the plays of William  Shakespeare

    • Robert Armin (c.1568-1615) was an Elizabethan jester who was one of the principal actors in the plays of William  Shakespeare

    • Thomas Skelton, the "Late Fool of Muncaster Castle" also served a Court Jester in the late 1500's. According to tradition, 'Tom Fool' and 'tomfoolery' both originated with Thomas Skelton

    • There were also women who played Elizabethan jesters!

    • Lucretia the Tumbler

    • Jane the Fool

    Interesting Facts and Information about Elizabethan Jesters featured in the plays of William Shakespeare
    The popularity of Elizabethan jesters is reflected in the plays of the period. William Shakespeare featured jesters in many of his plays including:

    • A Fool in Timon of Athens

    • The Clown in Othello 

    • Costard in Love's Labours Lost

    • Feste in Twelfth Night

    • Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice

    • Lavache in All's Well That Ends Well

    • Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream

    • Touchstone in As You Like It

    • The Fool in King Lear

    • Thersites in Troilus and Cressida

    • Trinculo in The Tempest

    • Two Clowns in Hamlet

    • Yorick in Hamlet

    William Shakespeare also portrayed his character 'Bottom' wearing an asses head!


    Elizabethan Jesters

    • Interesting Facts and information about Elizabethan Jesters

    • People, events and Elizabethan Jesters during the  Elizabethan Era

    • Famous Male Elizabethan Jesters - Richard Tarleton (or Tarlton), William Kempe, Robert Armin, Thomas Skelton

    • Famous women Elizabethan jesters - Lucretia the Tumbler and Jane the Fool

    • Elizabethan Jesters featured in the plays of William Shakespeare


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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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