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Rahere depicted as a jester
Rahere (died 1144) was a clergyman, possibly a court jester to King Henry I. In 1123 he founded St Bartholomew's Hospital in Smithfield, central London, having had a vision of St Bartholomew while on a pilgrimage to Rome.

Cassell's Encyclopedia of queer myth, symbol and spirit describes Rahere as "alleged to have been homoerotically inclined"[1]


  1. "Rahere" in Randy P Lunčunas Conner and others, Cassell's 'Encyclopedia of queer myth, symbol and spirit, 1998, ISBN 0-304-70423-7