The Fables of Ulrich Bonerius

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The Fables of Ulrich Bonerius

English | ISBN: 1527559556| 2020 | 313 Pages | PDF | 8 MB

Serendipitously, at around the same time as Boccaccio published his famous Decameron (1350), the Swiss-German Dominican Ulrich Bonarius published his highly popular collection of fables, The Gemstone. Both authors pursued very similar goals, instructing their audiences about vices and virtues; Boccaccio by telling entertaining, often erotic tales, Bonarius by relating didactic tales, mostly based on animals as the active characters. This book provides the first English translation of all one hundred fables authored by Bonarius. Bonarius drew mostly from the classical Aesopian tradition, and his Gemstone in turn became the crucial source for vast fable collections in the late Middle Ages, and again in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In fact, the famous Grimm brothers included some of his narratives in their fairy tale collection of 1812. Not only was Bonarius an excellent poet, he also understood the depth of human nature exceedingly well, warning about many of peoples shortcomings and failures.

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