A Bit of a Fairy Tale

It is well-known that in King Arthur’s Court the Royal Jester provided the verbal wit and humour.

The normal Court Jestering one-liners were expected to be unexpected and so he could throw them into a gathering as and when he felt like it.

When it came to story-telling, however, the King decreed a rather unusual way to announce the daily appearance of the Royal Storyteller.

All the King’s courtiers knew a story was about to be presented when out strode the Royal Mime carrying upon his shoulders the Royal Dunce, who in turn held high a placard bearing the title of the forthcoming story.

Thus, from that first day until the present, every story told in King Arthur’s Royal Court began with dunce upon a mime…

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