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

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

by Stanley Appelbaum (Editor)


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Ranging from half-page morality tales to hilarious bawdy stories several pages long, these centuries-old narratives offer revealing glimpses into many elements of medieval culture. Witchcraft, magic, Crusaders, astrology, alchemy, pacts with the Devil, chivalry, and trial by torture are here, along with church councils, mercantile life, such famous figures as Abelard, Dante, and Giotto, and much more.
Chosen from ten well-known medieval collections (Disciplina clericalis, Dolopathos, Il Novellino, Gesta Romanorum, Il Pecorone, Les cent nouvelles nouvelles, etc.), almost all the pieces included here are hard to find in any language, and only a handful have been translated into English previously. These are stories that influenced many later writers, including Boccaccio, Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Flaubert, among others. Newly translated from Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, and German originals, they are sure to delight today’s readers, and to provide fascinating insights for the scholar, student, or historian.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486414072
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 11/02/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 887,009
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Stanley Appelbaum served for decades as Dover's Editor in Chief until his retirement in 1996. He continues to work as a selector, compiler, editor, and translator of literature in a remarkable range of languages that includes Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Russian.

Table of 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
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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