The Fabliaux

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 10, 2013 - Poetry - 1024 pages
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Bawdier than The Canterbury Tales, The Fabliaux is the first major English translation of the most scandalous and irreverent poetry in Western literature.

Composed between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, these virtually unknown erotic and satiric poems lie at the root of the Western comic tradition. Passed down by the anticlerical middle classes of medieval France, The Fabliaux depicts priapic priests, randy wives, and their cuckolded husbands in tales that are shocking even by today’s standards. Chaucer and Boccaccio borrowed heavily from these riotous tales, which were the wit of the common man rebelling against the aristocracy and Church in matters of food, money, and sex. Containing 69 poems with a parallel Old French text, The Fabliaux comes to life in a way that has never been done in nearly eight hundred years.
 

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Contents

The Priest Who Had a Mother Foisted
55
The Cunt Blessed by a Bishop
67
H The Beaten Path Le Sentier ham
99
V1 The Knight of the Red Robe
107
5 The Stupid Knight Le sot ehevaiier
125
IQ The Knight Who Made Cunts Talk
143
Is The MuIeteer Le Viiain asnier
177
V Black BaIIs La Coiiie noire
185
5 The Gelclecl Lacly La Dame eseoilliee
407
5 The Fisherman of PontsurSeine
439
6 The Donkeys Legacy Le Testament d6 lasne
453
1 The Peasants Fart Le Pet an vilain
463
TlIE COMEDY OF ERRORS 479
483
0 The Peekaboo Priest Le Pvestve qui ahevete
491
jean Œodei
497
dOrIians
621

is The Peasant Doctor Le Viiain mire
191
9 Long ButthoIe Berengier Berangier au Zone
213
10 The Poor Peddler Le povre mereier
229
it The Two Money Changers Les ii ehangeors
245
11 The Knight Who IIeard IIis Wifes
261
1 Auberée the GoBetween Auheree jehan
277
1 Thrice Around the Church La Dame
315
15 The Mourner Who Got Fucked at
325
16 The Three Girls Les iii mesehines
331
1 The Girl Who Wanted to
339
15 The Old Be ar Woman La vieille tvuande
345
19 Walter and Marion Cauthevon et Mavion
359
5 The Fellow With a Dozen Wives
365
1 The Cleric Behind the Chest Le Cleve
373
5 Master Ham and Naggie His Wife
383
Gantier ie Æn
687
HI SINNING SEX
815
The Chaplains Goose LOue au chapelain
827
The Fucker Le Foteor
839
The Squirrel LEseuiruel
861
6t The Maiden Who Couldnt Abide
873
The Little Rag Mouse La Sorisete des estopes
895
65 Trial by Cunt Le uge1nent des cons
909
The Blacksmith of Creil Le Fevre de Creeii
919
The Ring That Controlled Erections
929
Brownie the Priests Cow Brnnain
936
Acknowledgments
947
List of Fabliaux Manuscripts
975
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Nathaniel E. Dubin is a professor emeritus of modern classical languages at the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University in Minnesota.

R. Howard Bloch is the Sterling Professor of French at Yale University. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut, and is the author of numerous award-winning books on French literature and art.

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