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Outram, Dorinda


Four Fools in the Age of Reason

Laughter, Cruelty, and Power in Early Modern Germany Dorinda Outram

Unveiling the nearly lost world of the court fools of eighteenth-century Germany, Dorinda Outram shows that laughter was an essential instrument of power. Whether jovial or cruel, mirth altered social and political relations.Outram takes us first to the court of Frederick William I of Prussia, who... More