What they did was to represent the executioner
of John-the-Baptist as their Court Jester!
Now, it may simply have been that they had run out
of available characters for the role,
and yet, the more one considers,
the more it becomes possible
to sense something of what they were getting at.
The Court Jester was, after all,
very much an outsider in the court,
with special privileges to say, and do,
things that other courtiers could, or would, not.
Being so far removed from society,
he may even have been considered outside time,
in some way,
which would certainly fit our exploration…
He may have been a scapegoat
for the court as a whole,
or, they may have been making
a very subtle joke at our expense.
It certainly makes one wonder…