Whether Cervantes saw it or not, it is possible as he describes.
Speculation in French revolutionary fiduciary currency, the murder of the great British ballad-singer, & a revised date (1802) for the start of the supposedly post-Napoleonic emigration of Italian puppeteers & organ-grinders
More monkey mess from the peripatetic Homerton/Hackney barrel organ.
Lukewarm barrel organ-ish ephemera from Hackney, London and thereabouts.
Given the choice (we believe in choice). Featuring castanets, monkeys, marionettes, and human and tortoise castles.
François Dominique Séraphin, Bourbon favourite and reputedly the father of ombres chinoises (shadow puppetry), began operating 15 years later than is generally thought, and may have copied his techniques from an itinerant Italian or a London Alsatian. Featuring the memoirs of the valet to the later Louis XVII, early descriptions of the delights of the renovated Palais Royal (including a pygmy show), jolly old Baron Grimm on the lamentable state of French opera, shadow plays, and marionettes, and William Beckford’s favourite designer of theatrical perversions.
Re the songs, L’âme des poètes and Douce France.
I fear only some of them migrated with the swallows. Featuring Boris Sadovskoy, Yuri Norstein, Aleksey Batalov, Rolan Bykov and Gogol.
A Trump Taj Mahal Casino multitrack jukebox, to help make religion rather better than it has been, again.
But who are the three noseless Austrian ladies?