Definitions of Fabliau

  1. One of the metrical tales of the Trouveres, or early poets of the north of France.

Usage examples for Fabliau

  1. The fabliau- motive of the first is happily contrasted with the character of Lamira and the friendship of Clerimont and Dinant; while no play has so many of Fletcher's agreeable young women as Monsieur Thomas. – A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature by George Saintsbury
  2. This interferes with a comprehension of the remarkably characteristic and clearly marked peculiarities of the Fabliau indicated in the definition given above. – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
  3. In the Parlement of Foules, for instance, Chaucer takes the idea of the whole from a current fabliau, the first eighty- four lines from Cicero's Somnium Scipionis, three distinct passages from Dante, the description of the garden from Boccaccio, and lines 95- 105 from Claudian, and yet the originality of the whole is incontestable. – Chaucer and His Times by Grace E. Hadow
  4. The Wright's Chaste Wife is the English fabliau on the subject. – More English Fairy Tales by Various
  5. Seated at the hearth of the seigneur, he sang, during long evenings, the tragic adventures of the Dame de Fayel and of the Sire de Coucy, or the marvellous exploits of the Knights of the Round Table, of Renaud, and of Roland, of Charlemagne and his Twelve Peers; unless, indeed, his audience, in a livelier mood, demanded of him some sarcastic fabliau, or the fine tricks played upon Master Isengrin by his shrewd gossip, Master Renard. – Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1 by William Walton
  6. The other instance is that of the " Pardoner's Tale," which would appear to have been based on a fabliau now lost, though the substance of it is preserved in an Italian novel, and in one or two other versions. – Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward