Gesta Romanorum

A popular medieval collection of anecdotes with moral reflections, compiled in Latin, probably by a priest, either in the 13th or 14th centuries. Its purpose was to provide preachers with moral anecdotes. Many were taken front Roman history, and later from Latin and German chronicles; and Borne from Oriental sources. Many of these have been preserved in English literature by Chaucer, Lydgate, Shakespeare, and others.

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