Month: July 2022

Jane the Fool

When we think about Court Fools, the mind immediately associates them with jesters. We might think of capers, jokes and, eventually, physical disability. This is, however, a concept that was consolidated in Elizabethan times, and there’s a portion of Early Reinassance in which another kind of fool was mostly popular: the innocent. Today we take […]

1701: could you be killed for being gay?

One of the main characters, in the Gothic Novel I’m writing, is a shapeshifter who’s unapologetically pansexual and occasionally gender-fluid, so this was a question I was bound to ask myself. 1701: could you be killed for being gay? Specifically, we assume the character left England in the wake of the 1542 “Witchcraft Act”, being […]