Professional NPCs from the Medieval Joke Book

Last month, we looked at some jokes from the earliest known printed joke book, the 15th-century Facetiae of Poggio Bracciolini. This month we return to the Facetiae for more late Medieval/early Renaissance Italian jokes, each of which has at its heart a character who makes a great professional or tradesman NPC. Some readers of last […]

Lower-Class NPCs from the Medieval Joke Book

The earliest known printed joke book, the 15th-century Facetiae of Poggio Bracciolini, is a fabulous window into how this late Medieval/early Renaissance Italian saw his world. It’s also legitimately very funny. This week we’re going to look at seven jokes from the Facetiae, each of which has at its heart a character who makes a […]

The Secret History of the Mountain Folk

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 Djenné

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Theobald Meyrick, Urban Villain

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The Rubber-Cutters’ Outdoor Disease Dungeon

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The Lies of Leopold

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The Scheming Landlord of Magomero

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Egyptian Iconoclasm and Stone Golems

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The Secret Basque Fishing Grounds

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The Zeigler Strike

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New Crop, New Jealousies: A Mystery

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