INVENTED BY THE MONKS AS A FIRE-SIDE
RECREATION; AND COMMONLY APPLIED IN THEIR
DISCOURSES FROM THE PULPIT.
NEW EDITION, WITH AN INTRODUCTION
BY THOMAS WRIGHT, ESQ. M.A. F.S.A.
'They [the Monks] might be disposed occasionally to recreate their minds with subjects of a light and amusing nature; and what could be more innocent or delightful than the stories of the Gesta Romanorum?'
Douce's Illustrations of Shakspeare.
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