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For the tales in this collection passed in many cases from their original Latin forms to the mouths of the people, taking on in the process a new originality, character and colour before they were written again in the virgin prose of Tuscany.

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They had behind them a long uninterrupted literary tradition from which they could with difficulty withdraw themselves. It is part of the intellectual simplicity of the time. These latter have not been translated.

It is on par with that other extraordinary story of God and the minstrel who went partners together, which is obviously an old and favourite tale and 31 much in the hovellino of the duecento. So the idea came to him of grouping together in one manuscript, which maybe he gave for copying to some Florentine monk, a selection of the knightly, moral, Biblical, classical, and popular tales which were most in vogue in his epoch.

Sire, render me justice against those who have wrongfully killed my son.

Before the thirteenth century practically no Italian literature existed. The version given of the Lady of Shalot and how she died for love of Lancelot is exquisite in its purity and tenderness. No additional import charges at delivery! Moreover, the curious and often ridiculous errors in geography, history, chronology and physics which we find in the Novellino is surely proof that the person who compiled it was no great scholar or man of learning.


The novelle deriving from the knightly romances may also very well be of French origin. The mistakes which appear in it could hardly have been perpetrated by a learned monk well read in history and the classics.

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They lacked the protection of important anknimo. It is not too much to say that Italian grew quickly because of its Latin traditions. Report item – opens in a new window or tab. He ordered that it should be read, and it ran: The south of the Italian continent with the exception of Naples and some monasteries like Salerno, was steeped in ignorance, and rough dialects grew out of the Greco-Latin soil with nothing literary about them.

Our anthologist, who was in fact a great deal more than an anthologist, had coadjutors and rivals, successors and improvers, as the different manuscripts of the Novellino prove, but the original compiler of the Cento Novelle Antiche as the work was previously called, was, one likes to believe, a single individual rather than a group of giullari or ex- giullari at the dependence of some medieval Medici.

Fairfield, Ohio, United States. This in itself, as may also be argued in the case of some ul the tales deriving from the Greco-Roman sources, would seem to prove the popular origin of the collection. Certainly the modern man who lives a much less physical existence than nobellino forbears, and has perforce to use his imagination and other intellectual faculties to a far greater extent that did the elder folk, requires his stories completely filled in so that they leave him little work to do.

To read the tales in the present collection provides a remarkable contrast with modern prose, which can never seem to say enough. It would be hard to surpass the pure simplicity 25 of this even in verse.


We have an instance of this in story number IV of the present collection, where, instead of punishments, an angel is made to appear and tell David that he has sinned. A few four or five of the stories are frankly indecent, and are always expurgated from popular editions of the work in Italy, a course 32 which I have followed here.


Novelllino have the Anojimo stories founded on occurrences related in the Old Testament, and generally containing inaccuracies and alterations in the names and places of the characters referred to. They were stories which had stood the test of time — some of them the test of successive civilizations — and had met the full-throated approval of numerous courts from Provence to Sicily, from Parma to Rome.

Learn More – opens in a new window or tab International shipping and import charges paid to Pitney Bowes Inc. The very simplicity which is one of the charms of the narrative has its drawbacks or rather surprises, especially to modern minds accustomed to a more flexible and more elastic syntax.

Adornment, in fact, is not the word to use in this connection, for as such it iil not exist. There was even a similarity of 12 spirit between those who clung to the old traditions and wrote in Latin, and the people seeking to express themselves in their young language.

It was during the latter half of the thirteenth century, however, that the new tongue began to make headway against the obstinacy of the Latin, but it is only towards the end of the thirteenth century that original works in Italian prose appeared. The early Italian prose developed to a great extent along the lines of the earlier chroniclers who wrote in onvellino Latin.

Italian writers had written in Latin, 8 in French, and in a kind of mixed French and Italian. The opinion has been put forward that Francesco novelpino Barberino had a hand in the shaping of the final collection of tales.

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