Edward Glister, was the fool on the hill. The town of Glouster stood near the cliffs and Edward would perch himself there and just stare at the sea. The townspeople pitied him and therefore fed him, clothed him and gave him a small hut.
This was the year of 1112 A.D. when medieval knights sat around and discussed chivalry and knightly things.
The city was fifty miles from the castle and was protected by the Crown Prince Melville the Fair. The people of the town made weaponry and armor for the knights and in return were given the protection of the realm.
Once a month they loaded up their wagons with armor, breast- plates, lances and pikes and convoy style went to the castle.
Then one day Viking ships were spotted coming up the coast. The people of the town were scared but the Prince would protect them. Unfortunately the castle was besieged and the knights could not come to their aid.
That news was delivered by messenger, and the dire news was high cause for alarm.
The men of the town met in the foundry where the armor was made. They argued for hours. The consensus was to retreat inland and let the Vikings plunder their town.
Then in a moment of strangeness, Edward the Fool, stood up.
“This is our town and I do not want to see the Vikings loot it, burn it and ….” He started to stutter. He picked up a breastplate and put it on. I am ready to defend my town.
The next day on the cliffs the Vikings saw a weird sight.
The town looney up there in armor, alone, ready for the fight.
When the townspeople returned and rebuilt Glouster they erected a statue for this brave but foolish man.
And so the phrase of run away and fight another day was born.