Gesta Romanorum


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Gesta Romanorum

(jĕs`tə rō'mənôr`əm), medieval collection of Latin stories. Although the title means "Deeds of the Romans," the tales have very little to do with actual Roman history. Each tale is characterized by a moral. The earliest manuscript dates from the 14th cent., but it had probably been first collected several centuries earlier. Many of the stories were used later by such authors as Chaucer and Shakespeare.
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Probablemente Gesta Romanorum es el libro fuente de la escritura de Lizana en tanto que es fuente de la literatura hierofanica novohispana.
From analogues of the story which is dramatized in the play, we may guess that the daughter was portrayed as recently having arrived at puberty (the Middle English Gesta Romanorum has her at fourteen or fifteen years of age) (13) and influenced by the "fend of helle," according to MS.
The chapter, first found in some late-fourteenth-century manuscripts, does not occur in the main editions of the Gesta Romanorum.
1) Schleich suggested that this was the Lai de l'Oiselet, but he thought that the poet must also have been influenced by Petrus Alfonsi's Disciplina Clericalis, and either the Legenda Aurea or the Gesta Romanorum.
The most widespread versions in the Middle Ages include one by Godfrey of Viterbo in his Pantheon, a late 12th-century verse rendering that treated the story as authentic history, and one contained in the Gesta Romanorum, a 14th-century collection of folktales.
Besides the comments of the canonists, such an explicit assertion of her consent is found to my knowledge in only one other account: the allegorized version of the story in the preaching collection known as the Gesta Romanorum, where Lucretia is the fallen soul who "consents" to sin but then is moved to pierce itself with the "sword of penance.
Browne had discovered the idea as far back as the medieval Gesta romanorum.
In Chapter 3 Sherman demonstrates that the Jewish Pope myth of the 1602 Basel edition of the Mayse-Bukh (which was the myth's literary debut) was, contrary to the generally accepted view, not simply a Judaization of the tale of the 'birth, life, and death of Pope Gregory from the medieval Christian Gesta Romanorum.
He discusses the significance of the Historia de Preliis, a collection of reworkings of Leo the Archpriest's translation, the chronicles and other texts up until the sections about Alexander in the Secreta Secretorum and the Gesta Romanorum.
William Shakespeare's Pericles probably was based on John Gower's version of a story about Apollonius of Tyre, derived from the collection, and the three-caskets plot in The Merchant of Venice is also thought to be based on a tale from the Gesta Romanorum.
The sources of the plot are a play called The Jew, first mentioned in 1579, Florentino's Il pecorone (1558), and the Gesta Romanorum (c1472).