William Painter

The Palace of Pleasure

All three volumes. Elizabethan Versions of Italian and French Novels from Boccaccio, Bandello, Cintio, Straparola, Queen Margaret of Navarre and Others. According to Wikipedia: «William Painter (or Paynter; 1540? — February, 1594, London) was an English author and translator. The first volume of his The Palace of Pleasure appeared in 1566… It included sixty tales, and was followed in the next year by a second volume containing thirty-four new ones. A second improved edition in 1575 contained seven new stories. Painter borrows from Herodotus, Boccaccio, Plutarch, Aulus Gellius, Aelian, Livy, Tacitus, Quintus Curtius; from Giovanni Battista Giraldi, Matteo Bandello,[3] Ser Giovanni Fiorentino, Giovanni Francesco Straparola, Queen Marguerite de Navarre and others… among better-known plays derived from the book are the Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Edward III, All's Well That Ends Well (from Giletta of Narbonne), Beaumont and Fletcher's Triumph of Death, John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi and James Shirley's Love's Cruelty.»
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