The Battle of Sluys in 1340 was a crushing defeat by the English Navy of its French counterpart. Nobody, however, could bring themselves to report this to the French King Phillip VI. Who ended up doing so?

Answer: The only person willing to let him know was Phillip’s court jester, who attempted to make a joke of it by stating that the English sailors didn’t ‘even have the guts to jump into the water like our brave French’.

Source: Fools Are Everywhere by Beatrice Otto

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