Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Roland le Pettour

Richard Rastall, "The Sounds of Hell," in Clifford Davidson and Thomas H. Seiler, edd., The Iconography of Hell (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 1992), pp. 102-131 (at p. 127, n. 23):
One Roland le Pettour, later also called "le Fartere," was rewarded by Henry II for his service, apparently a special trick of his, of making "a leap, a whistle and a fart" (saltum, siffletum et pettum) before the king on Christmas day (John Southworth, The English Medieval Minstrel [Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1989], p. 47).
I don't have access to Southworth's book.

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