Roland the Farter

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Roland the Farter (known in contemporary records as Roland le Fartere, Roulandus le Fartere, Rollandus le Pettus or Roland le Petour) was a medieval flatulist who lived in twelfth-century England. He was given Hemingstone manor in Suffolk and 30 acres (12 hectares) of land in return for his services as a jester for King Henry II. Each year he was obliged to perform "Unum saltum et siffletum et unum bumbulum" (one jump and whistle and one fart) for the king's court at Christmas.[1]

Roland is listed in the thirteenth-century English Liber Feodorum (Book of Fees).[2]

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  1. ^ Crick, Julia C.; van Houts, Elisabeth (21 April 2011). A Social History of England, 900–1200. Cambridge UP. p. 405. ISBN 9781139500852. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  2. ^ Lyte, H. C. Maxwell (1920–1923). Liber feodorum. The book of fees, commonly called Testa de Nevill, reformed from the earliest mss. by the Deputy keeper of the records (in Latin). London: H.M. Stationery off. p. 386. hdl:2027/mdp.39015011272922.

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