Gamelyn, The Tale of

Gamelyn, The Tale of găm´əlĭn [key], a romance in verse, written c.1350, containing about 900 lines. It tells of the tribulations of a young man abused by his older brothers. The tale survives in 25 manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales, sometimes entitled The Cook's Tale, though it is not by Geoffrey Chaucer . It served as a prototype for several later works, including Shakespeare's As You Like It.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: English Literature to 1499

Browse by Subject

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.