Twelfth Night was the festival held on the night of the 5th January (12th night after Christmas), and the night before the Epiphany, the time the Three Wise Men visited Jesus. This gives rise to its French name, "La Nuit Des Rois".
In medieval and Tudor times, this festival was by tradition very rowdy (it is possible that 12th Night was derived from the Roman festival of "Saturnalia", held in December, which was renowned for
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of Unreason" would of delighted in the most unlikely, and unlikely attractions between many characters in the play. Orsino, Malvolio and Sir Andrew for Olivia, Olivia for Cesario and Sebastian, Maria for Sir Toby and vice-versa, Viola for Orsino and maybe also Antonio for Sebastien. In addition there is a madman, Feste, who is very clever but plays the fool professionally, while there is also a man, Malvolio, who is made to look the fool.