Wandering entertainers in the Middle Ages, who kept the huddled masses from killing themselves, had a really bad deal. They were usually dirty, poor, and considered criminals—even if they were never actually accused of a specific crime. By the end of the 1400s, a vagrant could be arrested on the charge of nothing more than “suspicious wandering.”
What about all the court musicians, the viellists, the rebeckers, the citolists, the vihuelans, the lutists, the polyphonic composers, the troubadours, the ars antiquae/nova/sublitor composers who evolved music?
I mean, it is hard to believe that they were thought as criminals and helped people not kill themselves from medieval boredom…
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