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Italian Renaissance tales

Author: Janet Levarie Smarr
Publisher: Rochester, Mich. : Solaris Press, ©1983.
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Italian Renaissance tales.
Rochester, Mich. : Solaris Press, ©1983
(OCoLC)558249406
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Levarie Smarr
ISBN: 0933760035 9780933760035
OCLC Number: 9082025
Description: xxxiv, 285 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Translator's introduction --
The Hundred old tales --
Preface --
How three masaters of necromancy came to the court of the Emperor Federigo --
This story is about Lord Azzolino's Storyteller --
On a question that was put to a courtier --
This story is about a Doctor of Toulouse, who married a niece of the Archbishop of Toulouse --
This story is about the Emperor Trajan's greta justice --
How Saladin, needing money, tried to find a pretext against a Jew --
How Christ, walking one day with his Disciples through a wilderness, saw a great treasure --
This story is about the courtier who began a story that never came to an end --
This story is about a merchant who carried wine across the sea in barrels with two dividers and what happened --
Franco Sacchetti, three hundred tales --
Introduction --
Friear Taddeo Dini, preaching at Bologna on St. Catherine's Day, is made to exhibit a false relic of the Saint against his will, but quips about it to the congregation --
Dante Alighieri, hearing an ass-driver recite from his book and say "gee-up," strikes him saying "I didn't write that"; and what follows, as the tale tells --
Buonamico the painter, painting Saint Ercoland in the piazza in Perugia, depicts him with a crown of mullets on his head, and what comes of it --
Antonio Pucci of Florence finds certain animals have been put into his garden at night and ingeniously discovers who did it --
Gonella the Clown at the fair of Salerno sells Dog turds as pills of great virtue, especially for seeing the future; and how, having received a handsome price for these pills, he goes free --
Ser Giovanni Fiorentino, The big sheep --
Introduction --
[Galgano renounces his efforts to seduce Sir Stricca's wife because of that gentleman's courtesy to him] --
[A merchant's son, making three voyages, nearly ruins his adoptive Father in order to win a wealthy lady who then saves the old man's life] --
[An old but wealthy count wins a young, beautiful wife by rigging a tournament in his favor] --
Giovanni Sercambi, tales --
Preface --
Vanni the Dyer of San paolina, or on the shamefulness of the clergy --
On the castle of castri in Sardinia, which belonged to one named Passamonte, who had a beautiful daughter named Zuccharina, or on falsehood and betrayal --
On three daughters from Venice, or on excellent and great wisdom --
Masuccio da Salerno, The little story book --
Preface --
Master Diego is carried dead to his convent by Sir Roderico; another friar, thinking him alive, hits him with a stone and believes he has killed him; he flees with a nag, and by a strange chance encounters the dead man mounted on a stallion with Lance at rest, who pursues him throughout the city... --
Brother Jeronimo of Spoleto with a bone from a corpse makes the people of Sorrento believe it is the Arm of Saint Luke --
A youth loves a lady but is not loved in return; he hides in her house; A Blackamoor has carnal knowledge of the lady where the lover is hidden; he reveals himself and with many insults rebukes the lady's wickedness, and his love is changed to hatred --
A couple of pretty lovers run away in order to convert their love into marriage; lost in a sudden storm, they come upon a hostel of lepers, and there, her lover having beein killed by the lepers, the young girl willingly kills herself over his body --
Antonio di Tuccio Manetti, Fatso the carpenter --
uigi da Porto, Giulietta or The newly rediscovered history of two noble lovers --
Giovan Francesco Straparola, the entertaining nights --
Preface --
Father Scarpacifico, duped only once by three rogues, dupes them three times; and finally victorious, lives happily ever after with his Nina --
Galeotto, King of Anglia, has a son born as a pig, who marries three times; and putting off the pigskin and becoming a handsome young man, he is called the Pig King --
Biancabella, Daughter of Lamberico the Marques of Monferrato, is sent off by the stepmother of Ferrandino, King of Naples, to be killed, but the servants cut off his hands and blind her; and she is made whole again by a serpent and returns happy to Ferrandino --
Nerino, Son of King Gallese of Portugal, in love with Genobbia, the wife of Doctor Raimondo Brunello the physician, obtains her love and takes her to Portugal; and Doctor Raimondo dies of grief --
Malgherita Spolatina falls in love with the Hermit Teodoro, and by swimming goes to meet him; discovered by her brothers and deceived by a burning lamp, she wretchedly drowns in the sea --
Matteo Bandello, Novellas --
Giullia of Gazuolo, being forcibly raped, throws herself in the Oglio, where she dies --
Sir Antonio Bologna marries the Duchess of Malfi and both of them are murdered --
The trick played by a peasant on his boss's wife and by her on her old husband, who was jealous, with certain laughable matters --
Maomet, the African Lord of Dubdu, wats to steal a city from Saich, King of Fez, but the king besieges him in Dubdu and shows him great generosity --
Dedicatory letter (Bandello comments on his times) --
Giambattisa Basile, The Pentameron --
Introduction [The frame tale] --
Vardiello --
Cagliuso --
The crow --
The goose --
The three citrons --
[Conclusion to the frame tale] --
notes --
Bibliography.
Responsibility: selected and translated, with an introduction by Janet Levarie Smarr.

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