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Playing the fool

Posted by TB on June 19, 2010 at 09:09

In watching the TV show The Tudors I came across a surprising moment. Henry criticized his motley for a poor play at cards. The error was having "played the Fool" as in The Fool card of the Tarot deck. What game were they playing? and...

Did the Play the Fool phrase originate with card play?
Anybody?