chapter  9
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Scandal, Malice and the Kingdom of the Bazoche

This article will examine sexuality as projected through the festive drama of the corporation of law clerks of the Parlement de Paris: le Royaume de la Bazoche. This powerful institutional body was also a leading producer of scurrilous theater in the Late Middle Ages.1 As the Renaissance lexicographer Randle Cotgrave defined it in his 1611 A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues, the Bazoche was, “The whole troupe or companie of lawyers clearks in the palace of Paris, having among them a king, and their peculiar lawes; hence also revel, misrule (for these fellows are none of the soberest).”2