Taxonomy of crazy people

Geraardsbergen Manuscript, Text 3 (fol. 104r)

The short French text, ‘Fol est qui fol boute’ is one of the only French items in the Geraardsbergen Manuscript.

Brussels - KBR - 837-45, fol. 104r: A short French tekst in the Geraardsbergen Manuscript (by courtesy of the KBR Brussels)

Brussels – KBR – 837-45, fol. 104r: A short French text in the Geraardsbergen Manuscript (by courtesy of the KBR Brussels)

It runs:

You are mad if you

  • shove a madman
  • never doubt a madman
  • have crazy friends
  • make a fool of yourself
  • reason with a lunatic
  • marry a mad woman

But the most mad person of all is the one

Who lets his daughter marry a madman.

This text also appears in a number of French manuscripts, including BnF fr. 1555, where it is written out in full as part of a larger proverb collection.

detail from BnF fr. 1555, 77v. Reproduced by kind permission of the BnF www.gallica.bnf.fr

detail from BnF fr. 1555, 77v.
Reproduced by kind permission of the BnF
www.gallica.bnf.fr

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