"He was the buffoon"
Jester by Frans Hals
Public DomainJester by Frans Hals
 Russia was one of the last countries in which the tradition of the court jester survived past the 1700s. Alongside those of Spain and Germany, Russian noble families continued to employ jesters, or buffoons, in the nineteenth century. In Russia the tradition continued even after the emancipation of the serfs in 1861.