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Monarcho

(fl. c. 1570—1590)


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(fl. c.1570–90),

a delusional Italian who entertained the Elizabethan court with his fantasies. His name became a byword for foolery or lunacy and is mentioned in Love's Labour's Lost (4.1.98) and All's Well That Ends Well (1.1.106).

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