was the Court jester for French kings Louis XII
|Portrait of Louis XII, King of France from 7 April 1498 – 1 January 1515|
and François I.
|Portrait of François I, King of France from 1 January 1515 –31 March 1547|
Triboulet was known for his quick wit and often found himself provoking the ire of his King.
Triboulet is featured in Le troisieme Livre des faits et dits Heroiques du Noble Pantagruel by François Rabelais (1546)
where he is characterized as a fool to the supreme degree, a fatal fool, a high level fool, a celestial fool, a Mercurial fool, an erratic fool, an excentric fool, an artic fool, a genial fool, an imperial fool, a royal fool, a papal fool, a pretorial fool, a doctoral fool, an episcopal fool, a fool with a degree in Foolishness, and many additional irreverential and hilarious qualifiers...
In 1832, Victor Hugo wrote the play Le roi s'amuse with Triboulet as his main character to criticize the mores of the French society at the time.
In 1907, George Meliès, a French filmmaker who pioneered many technical and narrative developments in the early days of cinema,
released a silent movie titled Francois Ier et Triboulet.
And in the late XIXth century, La Maison Kreps in Paris commissioned this exquisitely carved meerschaum of Triboulet...