Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art
Person:
Wright, Thomas Fairholt, Frederick William
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1429385
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1432054
in 
Literature 
and Art. 
211 
Towards the fifteenth century, lay focieties, having apparently no 
connection with the clergy or the church, but of juft the fame burlefque 
character, arofe in France. One of the earlieft of thefe was formed by 
the clerks of the Bazoche, or lawyers' clerks of the Palais de Juilice in 
Paris, whufe pretident was a fort of king of mifrule. The other 
principal fociety of this kind in Paris took the rather mirthful name of 
Erjans fans Souci (Carelelis Boys); it conflited of young men of 
education, who gave to their prelident or chieftain the title of Prince 
des Sots (the Prince of Fools). Both thefe focieties compofed and 
performed farces, and other fmall dramatic pieces. Thefe farces were 
fatires on contemporary fociety, and appear to have been often very 
perlbnal.  
Almoft the only monuments of the older of thefe focieties confiit of 
coins, or tokens, [truck in lead, and fometimes commemorating the names 
of their mock dignitaries. A confiderable number of thefe have been 
found in France, and an account of them, with engravings, was publifhed 
by Dr. Rigollot fome years ago." Our cut No. 129 will ferve as an 
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N0. 129' Mane), qf the Arclzbijbop qftlxe Innocents. 
example. It reprefents a leaden token of the Archbiihop of the 
Innocents of the parifh of St. Firmin, at Amiens, and is curious as bearing 
21 date. On one Ede the archbifhop of the Innocents is reprefented in 
the aei of giving his blefiing to his flock, furrounded by the infcription, 
MONETA'ARCHIEPl ' SCTI ' FIRMINI. On the other fide we have the 
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