Medieval Cautionary Tales
An Anthology

Edited by Peter Speed

  Preface  ix
  Part I. Spanish Stories
Introduction

1
  Oriental Anthologies
Calila and Dimna

5
1. The rats who ate iron 6
2. The rat turned into a girl 7
3. The donkey with neither heart nor ears 9
  Sendebar 12
4. Tale of the loyal wife 15
5. Tale of the lover, the woman and the husband 16
6. Tale of the man and his wife, the old woman and the puppy 17
7. Tale of the dog, the snake and the child 19
8. Tale of the thief who rode on a lion 21
9. Tale of the boy of five and of the three friends who gave their money to an old woman for safe keeping
22
  Barlaam and Josafat 24
10. The king for a year 25
11. The trumpet of death 26
12. The four chests 27
13.  The child who preferred devils 29
     
  Anthologies of Exempla 31
  The Book of Cats 32
14. The turtle and the eagle 32
15. The rat in the wine cask and the abbot and the flea 32
  The Book of Exempla A.B.C. 34
16. Eradio and Saint Basil 34
17. The old woman and the bishop 38
18. The tailor's apprentice 38
19. The nun's eyes 39
20. The old woman who prayed for the tyrant Dionysius 40
21. Bishop Andrew of Funda 40
  Mirror of the Laity 43
22. The cat's only trick 43
23. The life of Saint Andrew 44
24. The accursed dance 46
25. Truth, Justice and the Virgin 47
26. The miser and his servant 49
  A Literary Masterpiece: Juan Ruiz's Libro de Buen Amor 51
27. The dispute between the Romans and the Greeks 54
28. The lion, the wolf and the vixen 56
29. The young man who wanted to marry three women 57
30. Virgil and his lover 58
31. Pitas Payas, the Breton painter 58
32. Tales of the donkey and the lap dog, and the vixen who was prepared to lose everything except her heart
60
     
  Later Anthologies 63
  The Seven Sages of Rome 63
33. The well 64
34. The treasure 68
  The Life and Fables of Aesop 71
35. The two rats 71
36. The fable of the sheep 72
37. The child of divine mercy 73
38. The blind man and the pear tree 74
     
  Part II. French Fabliaux
Introduction
77
  The Fabliaux  
39. Auberée the old procuress 83
40. Brunain, the priest's cow 92
41. Estula 93
42. The priest who was given a mother against his will 95
43. St. Peter and the minstrel 98
44. The covetous man and the envious man 105
45. The donkey's last will and testament 106
46. The goodwife of Orleans 109
47. The kindly man who saved a fellow creature from drowning 113
48. The knight who regained the love of his lady 114
49. The monastery sacristan 118
50. The peasant doctor 129
51. The peasant donkey man 135
52. The peasant who argued his way into Paradise

 136

53. The priest who ate blackberries  138
54. The three hunchbacks  140
     
  Part III. English Stories  145
  Humorous Ballads of the Late Middle Ages  
55. The fox and the wolf in the well  145
56. Dame Siriz  150
57. Sir Cleges  156
58. The tale of the chamber pot  164
59. The lady prioress  168
60. The friars of Berwick  173
61. Jack and his stepmother  183
62. The boy and the mantle  189
  A Hundred Mery Talys: A Sixteenth-Century Book of Jokes  193
63. Of the wife that made her husband to go sit in the garden in the night while her apprentice lay with her in bed  
194
64. Of the sick man that bequeathed his third son a little
ground with the gallows

196
65. Of the two friars whereof the one loved not the eel head nor the other the tail  
196
66. Of him that sold right nought  197
67. Of the gentlewoman that said to the gentleman, "You
have a beard above and none beneath."
 
198
68. Of the friar that said Our Lord fed five thousand people with two fishes 199
69. Of the Welshman that shrove him for breaking his fast on Friday  199
70. Of the Welshman that confessed him he had slain a friar  200
71. Of him that said, "I shall have ne'er a penny."  201
72. Of the husband that said his wife and he agreed well  201
73. Of Master Whittington's dream  202
74. Of the Welshman that stole the Englishman's cock  203
75. Of him that brought a bottle to the priest  203
76. Of him that preached against them that rode on the Sunday  203
77. Of one brother that found a purse  204
78. Of the northern man that was all heart  204
79. Of the herdsman that said, "Ride apace, you shall have rain."  205
  Bibliography  207



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