The Stephen Colbert of 18th century Germany

March 28, 2019

Dorinda Outram, a professor emerita of history at the University of Rochester, invites buffs and satire enthusiasts alike to dive deep into the world of 18th century court jesters. Her book, Four Fools in the Age of Reason: Laughter, Cruelty, and Power in Early Modern Germany (The University of Virginia Press, 2019), is out in April, and is the first study to compile the lives of four famous jesters in post-Renaissance Germany.