The Evolution of the Parable between the Thirteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

  • Iris ShagrirEmail author


The chapter discusses the development of the parable in European-Christian traditions. It examines works published between the thirteenth and the sixteenth centuries, including Li dis dou vrai aniel, Gesta Romanorum, Il Novellino, Bosone da Gubbio’s L’avventuroso Ciciliano, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Jans der Enikel’s Weltchronik, Francesco dell Tuppo’s 1485 edition of Aesop’s Fables, Liber divinae revelationis, Robert Gobin’s Les loups ravissans, and the sixteenth-century version of Menocchio, based on Boccaccio’s Book of One-Hundred Novellas. By comparing these versions to one another, and to Étienne de Bourbon’s exemplum, this chapter demonstrates the development of intellectual attitudes in Western Christian society toward religious tolerance and religious skepticism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History, Philosophy, and Judaic StudiesThe Open University of IsraelRaananaIsrael

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