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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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The Hundred Old Tales is the title of Edward Storer's translation of the Italian tale collection Il Novellino.

TOC[1]

  • I : Proem 35
  • II : Of the rich embassy which Prester John sent to the noble Emperor Frederick 37
  • III : Of a wise Greek whom a King kept in prison, and how he judged of a courser 40
  • IV : How a jongleur lamented before Alexander the conduct of a knight, to whom he had made a gift on condition that the knight should give him whatsoever Alexander might present him with 44
  • V : How a king committed a reply to a young son of his who had to bear it to the ambassadors of Greece 48
  • VI : How it came into the mind of King David to learn the number of his subjects 50
  • VII : Here it is told how the angel spoke to Solomon, and said that the Lord God would take away the kingdom from his son for his sins 51
  • VIII : Of the gift of a king’s son to a king of Syria who had been driven from his throne 55
  • IX : Here it is treated of an argument and a judgment that took place in Alexandria 58
  • X : Here it is told of a fine judgment given by the slave of Bari in a dispute between a townsmen and a pilgrim 61
  • XI : Here it is told how Master Giordano was deceived by a false disciple of his 63
  • XII : Here it is told of the honour that Aminadab did to King David, his rightful lord 64
  • XIII : Here it is told how Antigonus reproved Alexander for having a cythera played for his delight 65
  • XIV : How a king had a son of his brought up in a dark place, and then showed him everything, and how women pleased him most 66
  • XV : How a land steward plucked out his own eye and that of his son to the end that justice might be observed 67
  • XVI : Here it is told of the great mercy wrought by Saint Paulinus the bishop 68
  • XVII : Of the great act of charity which a banker did for the love of God 69
  • XVIII : Of the judgment of God on a baron of Charlemagne 69
  • XIX : Of the great generosity and courtesy of the Young King 70
  • XX : Of the great liberality and courtesy of the King of England 72
  • XXI : How three necromancers came to the court of the Emperor Frederick 77
  • XXII : How the Emperor Frederick’s goshawk escaped to Milan 80
  • XXIII : How the Emperor Frederick found a countryman at a fountain and asked leave to drink, and how he took away his drinking-cup 82
  • XXIV : How the Emperor Frederick put a question to two wise men, and how he rewarded them 83
  • XXV : How the Sultan gave two hundred marks to a man and how his treasurer wrote down the entry in his presence 85
  • XXVI : Here it is told of a burgher of France 88
  • XXVII : Here it is told of a great Moaddo who was insulted 90
  • XXVIII : Here it is told of a custom that existed in the kingdom of France 91
  • XXIX : Here it is told how some learned astrologers disputed about the Empyrean 92
  • XXX : Here it is told how a Lombard knight squandered his substance 94
  • XXXI : Here it is told of a story-teller of Messer Azzolino 95
  • XXXII : Of the great deeds of prowess of Riccar Loghercio of the Isle 97
  • XXXIII : Here is told a tale of Messer Imberal del Balzo 98
  • XXXIV : How two noble knights loved each other with a great love 100
  • XXXV : Here it is told of Master Thaddeus of Bologna 101
  • XXXVI : Here it is told how a cruel king persecuted the Christians 102
  • XXXVII : Here it is told of a battle between two kings of Greece 105
  • XXXVIII : Of an astrologer called Melisus, who was reprimanded by a woman 106
  • XXXIX : Here it is told of Bishop Aldebrandino, and how he was mocked by a friar 108
  • XL : Of a minstrel whose name was Saladin 108
  • XLI : A tale of Messer Polo Traversaro 110
  • XLII : Here is told an excellent tale of William of Borganda of Provence 112
  • XLIII : Here it is told of Messer Giacopino Rangone and what he did to a court player 115
  • XLIV : Of a question that was put to a courtier 116
  • XLV : How Lancelot fought at a fountain 116
  • XLVI : Here it is told how Narcissus fell in love with his own image 117
  • XLVII : Here it is told how a knight asked a lady for her love 119
  • XLVII : Here it is told of King Conrad, father of Conradin 119
  • XLIX : Here it is told of a physician of Toulouse and how he took to wife a niece of the Archbishop of Toulouse 120
  • L : Here it is told of Master Francis, son of Master Accorso of Bologna 122
  • LI : Here it is told of a Gascon woman, and how she had recourse to the King of Cyprus 123
  • LII : Of a bell that was ordered in King John’s days 124
  • LIII : Here it is told of a privilege granted by the Emperor to one of his barons 125
  • LIV : Here it is told how the parish priest Porcellino was accused 126
  • LV : Here is told a tale of a man of the court whose name was Marco 128
  • LVI : How a man of the Marches went to study in Bologna 129
  • LVII : The Woman and the Pear-tree 130
  • LVIII : The Wisest of the Beasts 134
  • LIX : Here it is told of a gentleman whom the Emperor had hanged 134
  • LX : Here it is told how Charles of Anjou loved a lady 137
  • LXI : Here it is told of the philosopher Socrates, and how he answered the Greeks 141
  • LXII : Here is told a tale of Messer Roberto 144
  • LXIII : Of good King Meladius and the Knight Without Fear 146
  • LXIV : A tale told of the Court of Puy in Provence 146
  • LXV : Here it is told of Queen Iseult and Messer Tristan of Lyonesse 154
  • LXVI : Here it is told of a philosopher who was called Diogenes 158
  • LXVII : Here it is told of Papirius and how his father brought him to the council 159
  • LXVIII : Of a question which a young man proposed to Aristotle 160
  • LXVIX : Here it is told of the great justice of the Emperor Trajan 161
  • LXX : Here it is told how Hercules went into the forest 163
  • LXXI : Here it is told how Seneca consoled a woman whose son had died 164
  • LXXII : Here is told how Cato lamented against fortune 167
  • LXXIII : How the Sultan being in need of money, sought to find occasion to proceed against a Jew 168
  • LXXIV : The story of a vassal and a lord 169
  • LXXV : How the Lord entered into partnership with a minstrel 171
  • LXXVI : Here it is told of the great killing done by King Richard 174
  • LXXVII : Here it is told of Messer Rinieri, a knight of the Court 175
  • LXXVIII : Here it is told of a philosopher much given to the vulgarisation of science 177
  • LXXIX : Here it is told of a Court player who adored a lord 178
  • LXXX : The Pilgrim and the Ugly Woman 181
  • LXXXI : Here below it is told of the council which was held by the sons of King Priam of Troy 182
  • LXXXII : Here it is told how the Lady of Shalott died for love of Lancelot of the Lake 184
  • LXXXIII : How Christ going one day with his disciples in a deserted place, they saw great treasure 186
  • LXXXIV : How Messer Azzolino Romano arranged a great charity 188
  • LXXXV : Of a great famine that was once in Genoa 192
  • LXXXVI : The Emperor and the Pilgrim 193
  • LXXXVII : How a man went to shrive himself 194
  • LXXXVIII : Here is told of Messer Castellano da Cafferi of Mantua 194
  • LXXXIX : Here is told of a Court player who began a story that never ended 195
  • XC : Here is told how the emperor Frederick killed a falcon of his 196
  • XCI : How a certain man confessed to a friar 197
  • XCII : Here it is told of a good woman who had made a fine pie 198
  • XCIII : Here it is told of a countryman who went to shrive himself 199
  • XCIV : Here it is told of the fox and the mule 199
  • XCV : Here it is told of a countryman who went to the town 201
  • XCVI : Here it is told of Bito and Messer Frulli of San Giorgio near Florence 201
  • XCVII : Here it is told how a merchant carried wine overseas in casks with two partitions and what happened 205
  • XCVIII : Here it is told of a merchant who bought caps 206
  • XCIX : Here it is told a pretty tale of love 207
  • C : How the Emperor Frederick went to the Old Man of the Mountain 211




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