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IVp. English Gesta Romanorum c. 1450.

a. MS. Harl. 7338. British Museum, (n. XL). 6. Selestinus reignid a wyse Emperoure in Rome and he had a faire dowter.

c. Debtor: a kny3te that lovid this dowter. Creditor: A merchante in fer countree, (where

also lived 'Virgile the philesofere').

d. an C. marke of florens: Make to me a charter of thin owne blood, in conducion, that yf thowe kepe not pi day of payment, hit shall be lefulle to me for to draw awey alle the flesh of thi body froo the bone, with a sharp swerde.

e. pe damysell his love, cladde in precious clothing like to a man.

There was no covenaunt made of sheding of blode; pereof was nothing I-spoke. And perefor late him set hond on him anoon; and yf he shede ony bloode with the shavinge of the fleshe, for sope then shalle the Kynge have goode lawe upon him. /. The marchaunt yede awey confus, and so was the knijtes lyf sauid, & no penye I-paide. — No further retaliation.

V. B Pecorone, di Ser Giovanni Fiorentino.

a. The 3 MSS: 'Magliabechi, Laurenzi, Trivulzi' K The Introduzione states: Cominciai questo negh anni di Cristo MCCCLXXVIII. {1378 < > 1400).

b. to win a bride: la donna del Belmonte

c. Debtor: Messere Ansaldo, in favour of Giannetto. Creditor: un Giudeo a Mestri;

• Introductie* to German Edition, Munchen 1921 (Georg Muller).