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Medieval Tales and Stories: 108 Prose Narratives of the Middle Ages

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Stories chosen from 10 medieval collections (Disciplina clericalis, Dolopathos, Il Novellino, Gesta Romanorum, Il Pecorone, Les cent nouvelles nouvelles, etc.) offer a wonderful glimpse into many elements of medieval culture — witchcraft, magic, Crusaders, astrology, alchemy, pacts with the Devil, chivalry, trial by torture, church councils, mercantile life, such famous figures as Abelard, Dante, and Giotto, and much more.

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Medieval Tales and Stories: 18 Prose Narratives of the Middle Ages

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Stories chosen from 10 medieval collections (Disciplina clericalis, Dolopathos, Il Novellino, Gesta Romanorum, Il Pecorone, Les cent nouvelles nouvelles, etc.) offer a wonderful glimpse into many elements of medieval culture — witchcraft, magic, Crusaders, astrology, alchemy, pacts with the Devil, chivalry, trial by torture, church councils, mercantile life, such famous figures as Abelard, Dante, and Giotto, and much more.

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Ten anthologies assembled roughly between 1100 and 1500 are the ore from which Appelbaum picks 108 nuggets of stories. Unlike many anthologies that do not distinguish between prose, verse, drama, and history, he focuses on short, prose narratives of fiction or legend that are intended to entertain or instruct. He bypasses works and writers that are easily available elsewhere, such as Boccaccio and Chaucer. Translating himself from the Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, and German, he includes few notes to avoid an academic look, and no index. A brief introduction surveys the genre in classical and Medieval times. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486414072
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Language: Latin
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Introduction: The Medieval Short Story in Its Context  
Sources of the Stories
From Disciplina clericalis, by Pedro Alfonso .
1. Half-Friends and Whole Friends
2. Paying Duties on Defects
3. Guilt by Association. 
4. The Injured Eye
5. The Sheet Ruse
6. The Sword Ruse 
7. The Endless Story 
8. The Ruse with the Well 
9. The Ten Coffers 
10. The Ten Casks of Oil.
11. The Golden Snake
12. The Three Dreams
The Royal Tailor's Apprentice
14. The Peasant and the Bird 
15. The Plowman, the Wolf, and the Fox 
16. The Moonbeam
17. Maimundus the Slave
From Dolopathos, by Jean de Haute-Seille 
18. The Faithful Hound
19. The Resourceful Burglars
20. The Heartless Creditor
21. The Widow's Son
22. The Highwayman's Sons
23. The Swan Children
tents
From Sermones feriales et communes, by Jacques de Vitry 
24. The Stag among the Oxen 
25. The Demon Abbey
26. Celestial Hospitality 
27. The King and His Astrologer
28. The Hermit Served by a Devil. 
29. The Bishop's Horse 
30. Self-Crucifixion 
31. Abelard's Unusual Lectures 
32. Saint Theobald and the Demon
33. The Pledged Beard 
34. Too Much Olive Oil
35. The Daughter of the Count of Toulouse
36. Stinking Money
From Il Novellino
37. The Three Gems. 
38. The Imprisoned Philosophe
39. The Right Way to Spend Money
40. Meliadus and the Fearless Knight
41. God and the Minstrel.
42. A Bad Rate of Exchange
43. A Romantic Triangle
44. The Emperor's Face
45. The Determined Widow
46. The Blind Men's Dispute
47. The Maligned Youth 
48. The Massacre of the Elderly 
From Gesta RomanoTum
49. The Pirates' Captive
50. The Story of Saint Alexis
51. The Story of Saint Julian the Hospitaler
52. The Weeping Dog
53. Who Is Free from Cares?
54. The Overbearing Emperor
55. Lady-of-Solace
56. The Memorial Suit of Armor
57. The Rocky Path and the Level Path
58. The Golden Apple 
59. God's Mysterious Ways
60. Three Valuable Gifts
61. The Household Snake
Contents Vll
From El Conde Lucdnor, by Juan Manuel
62. Satisfying Public Opinion
63. Partridges for Supper
64. An Incident at the Siege of Seville.
65. An Experiment in Alchemy.
66. A Lesson from the Crows 
67. Testing Three Princes
68. A Vendor of Good Sense
69. A Spur to Good Deeds 
70. The Devil and the Devotee
71. True Spanish Chivalry and Loyalty
72. A Pact with the Devil 
From Il Pecorone, by Giovanni Fiorentino.
73. The Pound of Flesh
74. A Lay Brother at the Pope's Council 
75. The Robe with the Silken Seat. 146
76. A War Fought for Love 
77. Hell Hath No Fury
From II Trecentonovelle, bv Franco Sacchetti 
78. Rewarded for Vilification
79. The Vicissitudes of Fortune
80. Giotto's Unwelcome Client
81. Strange Doings of City Councilmen. 
82. The I ,iving Crucifix
83. Taming a Shrew
84. Dante, the Good Neighbor
85. ;\ Runaway Horse
86. Adventures of a Florentine Painter
87. A Shower of Ink
88. Dreams of Glory
89. The Demon Cockroaches
90. The Crab's Revenge
From Les cent nouvelles nouvelles 
91. Tamping and Fishing
92. Anecdotes about Talbot in France
 93. The Virgin Husband 
94. An Exasperating Greyhound 
95. The Devil from the Latrine.
96. A Daring Rescue 
Vlll Contents
97. A New Way to Recover Lost Property
98. The Dog's Legacy
99. A Disastrous Elopement. 
From Dil Ulenspiegel.
100. A Violent Easter Play
101. The Miracle Cure 
102. Invisible Murals 
103. A Village Without Cuckolds
104. A Papal Interview 
105. Eulenspiegel's Dying Confession
106. The Tailors' Convention.
107. The Old Woman's Subterfuge
108. Charity to the Blind
 

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