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From the rich store of medieval tales, Morris Bishop brings together a delightful collection of thirty-five stories. Some are romantic, some religious, some realistic, some even scurrilous. There are merry tales and moral tales, sagas, allegories, and fables. They vary widely in theme and their characters represent every class of medieval society. The tales in A Medieval Storybook vividly illustrate medieval life and thought. Above all they excel as stories, and demonstrate the high level attained by narrative art in the Middle Ages and the great gift the medieval writers had for creating lively and memorable characters. Some of the stories in the book were translated by Bishop; others were translated in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Line drawings by Alison Mason Kingsbury add considerably to the charm of this collection.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Preface
  2. Morriis Bishop
  3. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. I. Romances of King Arthur's Court
  1. The Story of Merlin
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. The Sword in the Stone
  2. Sir Thomas Malory
  3. pp. 13-22
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  1. Lancelot, Elaine, and Guenever
  2. Sir Thomas Malory
  3. pp. 23-44
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  1. Tristan's End
  2. pp. 45-62
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  1. II. Adventures and Escapades
  1. The Story of Frithjof and Ingebjorg
  2. pp. 65-91
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  1. Amleth's Revenge
  2. Saxo Grammaticus
  3. pp. 92-102
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  1. A Knight Who Made a Bargain with a Merchant
  2. pp. 103-137
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  1. The Cruelty of Francesco Orsini
  2. Giovanni Fiorentino
  3. pp. 138-141
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  1. A Night in Naples
  2. Giovanni Boccaccio
  3. pp. 142-154
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  1. III. Lovers' Weal and Woe
  1. The Dapple-Gray Palfrey
  2. Huon Leroi
  3. pp. 157-176
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  1. The Lay of the Nightingale
  2. Marie de France
  3. pp. 177-180
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  1. The Falcon
  2. Giovanni Boccaccio
  3. pp. 181-186
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  1. IV. Wonders and Prodigies
  1. The Life of Saint Brandon
  2. Jacobus de Voragine
  3. pp. 189-204
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  1. The Famour History of Friar Bacon
  2. pp. 205-218
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  1. V. Moral Tales
  1. The Execrable Devices of Old Women
  2. pp. 221-223
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  1. Of the Cunning of the Devil
  2. pp. 224-226
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  1. Of the Transgressions and Wounds of the Soul
  2. pp. 227-229
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  1. Of Extreme Fear
  2. pp. 230-232
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  1. The Marvelous Conversion of the Blessed Hildegund, Wirgin
  2. Caesarius of Heisterbach
  3. pp. 233-238
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  1. The Cleric Who Deflowered a Jewish Maiden
  2. Caesarius of Heisterbach
  3. pp. 239-241
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  1. How the Novice Theobald Conquered His Pride
  2. Caesarius of Heisterbach
  3. pp. 242-243
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  1. Friar Juniper
  2. pp. 244-258
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  1. VI. Merry Tales and Salty Fictions
  1. Of the Churl Who Won Paradise
  2. pp. 261-263
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  1. A Dean and a Magician
  2. Juan Manuel
  3. pp. 264-269
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  1. King Ben Abit and Queen Romaquia
  2. Juan Manuel
  3. pp. 270-272
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  1. A Profound Judgment
  2. pp. 273-274
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  1. The Pear Tree
  2. pp. 275-276
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  1. Fra Cipolla
  2. Giovanni Boccaccio
  3. pp. 277-285
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  1. A Father's Wise Counsel
  2. Franco Sacchetti
  3. pp. 286-289
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  1. The Rustic Ambassadors
  2. Franco Sacchetti
  3. pp. 290-293
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  1. The Noble Crest
  2. Franco Sacchetti
  3. pp. 294-296
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  1. Sacchetti and the Astrologer
  2. Franco Sacchetti
  3. pp. 297-299
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  1. The Blind Man of Orvieto
  2. Franco Sacchetti
  3. pp. 300-304
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  1. The Reeve's Tale
  2. Geoffrey Chaucer
  3. pp. 305-312
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