Sunday, August 8

A Jester from the State

The first state jester to be employed in England since 1649 in the Court of King Charles I is to being sought to entertain the crowds once again.

English Heritage is reviving the post which was abolished by Oliver Cromwell under pressure from the puritans following the English Civil War. An advertisment has been placed in a national Newspaper inviting applicants who will be expected to audition before an audience gathered for a history festival in Warwickshire. The successful applicant will be required to perform at historical events around Britain next year.

A traditional role of State or Court Jesters was to entertain members of the Royal Family and their entourage. Apparently this will not be expected of the new post holder, presumably because members Her Majesty's Government provide all the hilarity that the Royals can handle.