F. J.

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The Pleasant Fable of Ferdinando Jeronimi and Leonora de Valasco, normally referred to as The Adventures of Master F. J.; a novella by G. Gascoigne, supposedly translated ‘out of the Italian riding tales of Bartello’, but probably his own invention.

It concerns the love affair between F.J., a Venetian, and the lady of the house where he is staying in Lombardy. The novella exists in two versions: the first, printed in A Hundreth Sundrie Flowres in 1573, is set in the north of England and is erotic. The second, printed in The Posies of George Gascoigne (1575), is more fully Italianate and has been to some extent expurgated.

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