Before schooling was widely available, for most people the classroom was at the fireside, the field and the country lane, where the bards told their tales.
Many such folk tales exist to convey life-lessons in an entertaining way. These stories are not the pontifications of ancient philosophers: they are the gleanings of countless storytellers, everyday men and women with hard-won life experiences and pockets full of folklore. The tales reflect the times and places of their origin, but have been handed down from generation to generation, evolving to meet changing times. Some are amusing; some are thought-provoking; all have been polished and honed for so long that their message slips, almost imperceptibly, into the mind.
Fools and Wise Men retells these stories for new generations – repaying our debts to the bards of old.