REVELS, MASTER OF THE


REVELS, MASTER OF THE
   also called LORD OF MISRULE
   in olden times an official attached to royal and noble households to superintend the amusements, especially at Christmas time; he was a permanent officer at the English court from Henry VIII.'s reign till George III.'s, but during the 18th century the office was a merely nominal one.

The Nuttall Encyclopaedia. . 1907.

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