A Skelding Summary
Jongleurs originate in medieval France - and could juggle, sing, tell stories and leap about more or less simultaneously.
They were very often associated with outdoor fairs on feast days - and
in the 1200s gained royal patronage, as well as sponsorship from the
clergy. Patrons usually looked for painters but the performing arts
started to take their fancy.
If jongleurs landed themselves permanent employment - they became known as minstrels. The word 'Jongleur' is reckoned to have lost popularity, when artistes became specialists such as acrobats, musicians, actors, and poets who got in on the act of patronage. More probably than not, jongleurs who did the lot had died of exhaustion.
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