[BACK]          [Blueprint]         [NEXT]

BEWARE: There is a very small chance, that this text is not in the public domain. If we are violating any copyright law, we are abjectly sorry and will immediately beg for permission to use it or take it down. After several months research and several letters, the question of the copyright status and the holder of it remain a deep, dark mystery. But we couldn't bear it that Poggio and Mr. Storer's work is as good as lost to most of the world. They deserve so much better. We welcome any input on this matter. For others who wish to steal any portion of this text, this is not a good text to lift because you, too, are operating under the same risk. Know this: if we get in big trouble we will share our pain with you.

CLICK on Chapter Number, description or page number to jump around in the book, they are all active links.
      If you want to know which are by POGGIO and which are by DOMENICHI and the three others by neither of these two, then scroll down to the end. The stories are divided up by author and also linked to them there.
      If you want link-backs to come right back without using the back arrow on your browser, you will have to hold your horses. That is not fun to do manually and it will have to wait until I have been encouraged to do so by those who would like to have it happen. I am trying to type up some nice Renaissance Italian fairy tales and I am distracted. — Elf.ED.






I: Old Wine 33

II: How a Friar's Breeches became Sacred Relics 33

III: The Sleepy Confessor 36

IV: Worst of All 37

V: The Worst Men in the World 37

VI: Francesco Sachetti 37

VII: The Old Woman's Prayer 38

VIII: The Peace of the Monastery 39

IX: An Excommunicated Peasant eaten by the Priests 40

X: Of a Curate who buried a Little Dog 41

XI: Of a Countryman who wished to marry a young Girl 43

XII: Of a Doctor who betrayed the wife of a Tailor who was ill 43

XIII: Of a hermit who had many Women 44

XIV: Messer Nicholas 46

XV: The Choristers 47

XVI: Kings and Asses 47


XVII: The Unrepentant Smith 48

XVIII: Of Lorenzo de' Medici 48

XIX: Of An Englishman 49

XX: Jettison 49

XXI: Of Lorenzo de' Medici 50

XXII: Of Lorenzo de' Medici 50

XXIII: Of a Priest who did not know when Palm Sunday fell 51

XXIV: Of Some Peasants who bought a Crucifix 53

XXV: Of Messer Paolo Marchese 54

XXVI: The Host's Fee 54

XXVII: Pirrinicilo the Gascon 55

XXVIII: Of Roderigo Carrasio 56

XXIX: Big Fish and Little Fish 57

XXX: Of Jacopo Sannazzaro 57

XXXI: Of Francesco Elio 58

XXXII: Of Roberto da Lecce 59

XXXIII: The Fair Penitent 60

XXXIV: Of a Man who made his Wife believe him to be Dead 61

XXXV: Saying of a Cook to the Illustrious Duke of Milan 63

XXXVI: A Request of the same Cook to the same Prince 64

XXXVII: Of Giovanni Visconti 65

XXXVIII: Of King Ludovic of France 66


XXXIX: Tosetto of Padua 68

XL: Of Messer Marco of Lodi 68

XLI: Two Knights of Castille 69

XLII: Of a Man who asked Pardon of his Sick Wife 70

XLIII: A Woman's Answer 71

XLIV: Of the King of Tunis 72

XLV: The Wife's Confession 72

XLVI: Story of a man who sent Letters to his Wife and his Creditor 74

XLVII: A Priest's Awkward Question 75

XLVIII: Of some Ambassadors sent from Perugia to Pope Urban 76

XLIX: Foolish Saying of some Florentine Ambassadors 78

L: Of a Drinker 78

LI: Of a woman who in order to cover her head Exposed Herself 79

LII: Bernabò, Duke of Milan 80

LIII: Of One who wanted to spend 1000 Florins to be Famous 80

LIV: Facetia of the Celebrated Dante 81

LV: Answer given by a Woman to a Man who asked if his Wife could have a Twelve-months' Child 82

LVI: Dispute between a Florentine and a Venetian 83

LVII: Antonio Lusco's Story 84

LVIII: Of a Young Woman Separated from her Husband 2


LIX: Contest between Two Men about their Crest 85

LX: Story of a Tutor 86

LXI: Of a Woman who insisted on calling her Husband Lousy 87

LXII: Of a Man who sought for his Wife Drowned in a Stream 88

LXIII: Elegant Reply of Dante, Florentine Poet 89

LXIV: Pleasant Answer of the same Poet 90

LXV: The Story of Francesco Filelfo 91

LXVI: The Story of a Mountebank told by the Cardinal of Bordeaux 92

LXVII: The Husband's Revenge 94

LXVIII: Messer Franco's Cat 95

LXIX: Of a Doctor who Cured the Mad 95

LXX: Of a Mad Woman 98

LXXI: Of A Woman who stood on the Banks of the Po 100

LXXII: The Abbot of Settimo 100

LXXIII: Saying of Lorenzo, Roman Priest 101

LXXIV: Of a Prodigy 101

LXXV: The Exhortation of a Cardinal 102

LXXVI: Of a Preacher who preferred Virgins to Married Women 103

LXXVII: Poor Cocchino 104

LXXVIII: Witty Answer on the Few Friends of God 104

LXXIX: Of a Friar of St Anthony, a Peasant, and a Wolf 105


LXXX: Marvellous Compensation between Penitent and Confessor 106

LXXXI: Of one who Spoke Ill of the Life of Cardinal Angelotto 107

LXXXII: How a daughter Excused her Sterility to her Father 108

LXXXIII: Of a Friar who had a Child by an Abbess 109

LXXXIV: Of a Man who declared that the Archbishop of Cologne was a Quadruped 110

LXXXV: Of a Man who Vowed a Candle 111

LXXXVI: Another Jest of a Man who made a Vow to St Ciriac 112

LXXXVII: Of a widow who desired a Husband of advanced Age 113

LXXXVIII: The Jealous Husband 114

LXXXIX: Pleasant Tale 114

XC: Facetious Answer applicable to Bishops 115

XCI: How a Hospital was Cleared of its Inmates 115

XCII: The Priest’s Mistake 116

XCIII: Of a Young Woman made Fun of by her Old Husband 117

XCIV: The Beautiful Scholar 118

XCV: Galba’s Cloak 118

XCVI: The Cabbage and the Cauldron 119

XCVII: The Blind Man and the Virgin 119

XCVIII: Of Finetto 120


XCIX: Of the Numerous Doctors in Ferrara 121

C: Two Young Men 123

CI: A complaint to Facino Cane 124

CII: The Jest told by a Friar on Easter Day 125

CIII: Of Ottaviano Dagnano 126

CIV: How to be Remembered 126

CV: Of a woman who Deceived her Husband 127

CVI: Of a Gambler who was sent to Prison 129

CVII: Of a father who was Reproved by his Drunken Son 129

CVIII: Happy Answer of a Woman to a Young Man in Love 130

CIX: Dante and King Robert of Naples 131

CX: Of Bardella of Mantua 134

CXI: The Timorous Duellists 135

CXII: Second Thoughts 135

CXIII: The King of the Canaries 136

CXIV: Facetia of an Ignoramus 140

CXV: A Biting Answer 141

CXVI: Of an English Dyer who had an Adventure with his Wife 142

CXVII: The Merchant of Ascoli 143

CXVIII: The Ass and the Noble’s Servant 147

CXIX: Newly Married 148

CXX: The Hanging Man 148


CXXI: Of Alessandro Mola, Courteous Gentleman 150

CXXII: Remark of Lattanzio Benucci 150

CXXIII: The Pimp 151

CXXIV: The Principle of Tragedy 151

CXXV: The Meaning of Venice 152

CXXVI: Of Alfonso de' Pazzi 153

CXXVII: Of Messer Paolo dell' Ottonaio 154

CXXVIII: The Senate and the Roman People 156

CXXIX: Letters 156

CXXX: Good Answer to Messer N——— 157

CXXXI: Under the Protection of St Margeret 158

CXXXII: San Marino and Venice 159

CXXXIII: Of Raphael of Urbino 159

CXXXIV: A Madman in Church 160

CXXXV: Of a Florentine who bought a Horse 161

CXXXVI: Of a Venetian who went to Treviso and had a Stone thrown at his Back by his Servants 161

CXXXVII: Facetia of Ridolfo, Signor di Camerino 162

CXXXVII: The Gentleman and his Miller 163

CXXXIX: The Notary's Will 164

CXL: Merchant's Good Faith 164

CXLI: Husbands and Wives 165

CXXLII: The Safest Ship 166

CXLIII: Facetia of Some Thieves 167


CXLIV: Recalling Solomon 168

CXLV: A Woman's Answer 169

CXLVI: A Good Master for Thieves 169

CXLVII: The Wise Parent 170

CXLVIII: The Doctor of Law 172

      The following facetiæ are from the collections of —



      No. CIX is from GIOVANNI SERCAMBI; CXVII from an anonymous author of XVth century; CXIII from LORENZO MAGALOTTI.


[BACK]          [Blueprint]         [NEXT]