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    Here it is told of a Gascon woman, and how she had recourse to the King of Cyprus

    There was a Gascon woman in Cyprus, who suffered such a villainous and shameful offence that she could not endure it1. So she went before the King of Cyprus2 and said: Sire, you have already suffered ten thousand insults, and I only one. I beg you who have borne so many, pray teach me how to bear mine.

    The King was ashamed, and began to avenge his wrongs, and not to endure others.

    1 Guasca, a woman from Gascony
    2 The reference may be to Guido di Lusignano, fourth son of Hugh VII. Called to the throne of Jerusalem in 1186, he was soon made prisoner by Saladin. He ceded his title, when released to King Richard of England, receiving in exchange the kingdom of Cyprus.

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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]. 123-124

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