After a chariot ride through various bibliographic databases and an online book store the adventure begins! The Fool is the archetype of innocence. Whereas if the prime purpose of history is to understand why people acted as they did life experience may be an advantage.
Yesterday I was learning on Coursera about Necromancy (divination through the dead) something practiced almost exclusively by men. Necromancers were mostly clerics because it was a book learned form of magic that required knowledge of Latin. Typically these were clerics in the lowest ranks of the ecclesiastical hierarchy.
We have to be careful about about projecting our own world view onto people past. Yet reflecting on my own experiences as a new lecturer might provide some insight.
I imagine these clerics - not the most eloquent or educated occupying low status positions probably in least desirable parishes far from the main seat of power and without much guidance and supervision. Perhaps pressure to impress their parishioners and convince themselves of their own agency led them in this direction?
It's a hypothesis for which I have no evidence. However I am willing to ask and try to answer what may be a foolish question in the pursuit of knowledge.
People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.
Alice Walker, 1944-