Obscene Jokes in the Early Modern Period

In the 16th Century, rude jokes and scatological humour were just as much a feature of life as they are today. Between 1529 and 1539, a Swiss linen trader called Johannes Rütiner included many jokes and humorous anecdotes in his personal notebooks. They offer an amazing insight into both the jokes that were told and the context in which they were passed on. 

In this episode of Not Just the Tudors, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb finds out more from Dr. Carla Roth.

This episode was produced by Rob Weinberg.

**WARNING: This episode contains examples of 16th century humour which some listeners may find offensive or shocking**

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