The Lord of Misrule

An official, also known as Christmas King or Prince, Abbot of Misrule or Unreason, Prestor John, was engaged by medieaval courts or aristocratic households to entertain at Christmas time. He would direct his audiences in merriment or even misrule in social inversion. Entertainment took the form of plays, mumming, masking, games and feasting.

The severity of riotous behaviour during such celebrations on Twelfth Night, 1627, resulted in the discouragement then suppression of the Lord of Misrule and finally his disappearance by 1660.

Gerald Bowler - "The World Encyclopedia of Christmas"

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The Lord of Misrule