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Palace of Pleasure


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A collection of translations into English of ‘Pleasant Histories and excellent Novelles…out of divers good and commendable Authors’, made by William Painter (c. 1525–95), Clerk of the Ordnance, and published in 1566, 1567, and 1575. Many of the translations are from Boccaccio, Bandello, and Marguerite of Navarre (see Heptameron), but Painter also drew on Herodotus, Livy, and Gellius. The book provided a storehouse of plots for Elizabethan writers, especially dramatists.

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