Oh, Al ...
"In the Middle Ages, often the Court Jester was the only guy who could tell the truth without getting his head cut off..."
By the way, what do we even know about court jesters? I can't think of a single reference to them in any historical source. I mean, there's Lear, and there's the elevation of the Fool at Carnival, but does anyone know when/how this idea (and the whole Queen of Hearts, "off with her head" thing) came into our common (mis)perception of the MA?