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  • Il Novellino

    XXXIX
    Here it is told of Bishop Aldebrandino, and how he was mocked by a friar

    When Bishop Aldebrandino1 was living in his Palace at Orvieto, he was at table one day, in the company of various Franciscans, and there being one of them who was eating an onion with much relish; the Bishop watching him, said to a page: Go to that friar, and tell him that gladly would I change stomachs with him.

    The page went and told him.

    And the friar answered: go, and tell Messere that I well believe he would change with me, with regard to his stomach, but not with regard to his bishopric.

    1 Fra Aldobrandino, a Dominican of the noble family of the Cavalcanti. He was the Pope's Vicar in Rome during his absence at the Council of Lyons, having been made a Bishop in 1271.

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    Storer, Edward, trans. Il Novellino: The Hundred Old Tales. London: G. Routledge & Sons Ltd.; New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., [1925]. 108

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