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Historical basis for the character of the fool

While this is not an element that is exclusive to SFF, it certainly is not an uncommon element in medieval-themed fantasy novels. Would this be considered off topic? I'm on the fence about it...initially I felt that is was on topic, since it is an element found in fantasy novels, but I can see the other rationale as well. Thoughts?

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I felt like the question was only tangentially related to Sci-Fi or Fantasy, and therefore I closed it.

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Are questions that try to put SFF in a larger literary context considered off topic if the answer to those questions are not necessarily SFF related? I am of the opinion that if the answer serves to improve understanding of the works involved then it should be considered on topic.

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