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The Fabliaux

The Fabliaux

 

 

 

 

The Fabliaux translated by Nathaniel E. Dubin.

Composed between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, these virtually unknown erotica 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, 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 of Old French text, The Fabliaux reproduces the world and feeling of the medieval tale.

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