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Jesters have been very popular throughout different time periods and countries. For instance, there were early jesters in ancient Egypt and they were popular with the Aztecs in the 14th and 16th centuries as well. Clowns and jesters are characters in some of Shakespeare's most popular plays, indicating their popularity through the reigns of both Elizabeth I and James I. Possibly one of the most successful jesters was Archibald Armstrong, jester of King James VI. He was given great honors at court, but ran afoul by insulting too many influential people. However, that didn't stop him from acquiring estates in Ireland and still exhibiting court influence even during the reign of Charles I.

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