Paep Thoon

During the middle ages, jesters had to liven up things. They were often either deformed (e.g. a lump), small of posture, and had a big mouth and ears. Paep Thoon, who lived in Leuven during the 15th century (1430-1487), was such a character. He was an organist at the fraternity of the Holy Sacrament at St. Peter’s church. He was known to blurt out the truth either by means of a joke or a sarcastic remark. He never lost his sense of humor and on his dying bed reportedly asked to be buried in upright position, and beneath a gargoyle – so that he would never be thirsty.

In 1991, a Paep Thoon statue by Peter Vanbekbergen was placed at the Leie where the river Dyle crosses / runs under Brusselsestraat.

10 Comments CherryPie on Jul 21st 2015

10 Responses to “Paep Thoon”

  1. Astrid says:

    I am so glad that after all these years, people will remember him and have a smile. Thank you for the story of Paap Thoon. May he never be thirsty :)

  2. Ginnie says:

    I bet he’s smiling in his grave, Cherry, sitting up or lying down. What a delight.

  3. The jester looks a bit “confused” ;)

  4. Ayush says:

    most interesting post, Cherie. thank you for the write up

  5. ubermouth says:

    The mention of gargoyles makes me think how sad it is that architecture has lost the artistic merit of yesteryear.

    I have to say though, this is one statue I don’t like. :(