This week, Danièle tells the medieval story of The Three Caskets from the Gesta Romanorum, a tale more familiar to theatre and literature fans all over the world as a central plot device in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
You can read this version of The Three Caskets and more stories from the Gesta Romanorum in Mediaeval tales, by Henry Morley, published by Routledge in 1884. It is available through Archive.org
You can also find a new translation of Gesta Romanorum by Christopher Stace – click here to check it out on Amazon.com
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Podcast editing done by Noah Tetzner, who is also the host of The History of Vikings podcast
Top Image: Beginning of the Gesta Romanorum in a medieval manuscript – British Library MS Harley 5369 f. 38