F is For.....


Due to Mother Nature taking a pot shot at us with a few tornadoes, our electric and internet has been hazy. So I missed the "D" and "E" posts but I'm back now.

For "D" I wanted to do a lovely piece of my fav Musketeer, D'Artagnan and for "E" I had Epiphany. But that's life and I'm more miffed that I didn't get a chance to see all of your great post. I hope to catch up soon. Onward to "F".

Fabliau is something I knew about but had no idea what it was called.

Fabliaux (plural) are " A medieval tale in eight-syllable verse. Humorous, often bawdy, fabliaux frequently satirized women and the clergy."

HHMMM. Bawdy and humor. My kind of fun.

The fabliau was extremely popular in France during the Middle Ages. Examples of fabliaux can be found in pre-Christian Oriental literature, in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and in Boccaccio's Decameron. When the fabliau gradually disappeared, around the turn of the 16th century, it was replaced by the short story.

I was going to put examples of them here but most where a little too raunchy for my PG-13 site so I'll just give you the titles of the lesser naughty ones.

"La vielle qui graissa la patte de chevalier" ("The old woman who paid the knight for favors.")

"Berangier au long Cul" ("Berenger of the long arse")

"Le Pauvre Clerc" ("The poor clerk")

"Le Couverture partagée" ("The shared covering")

"Le Pretre qui mangea les mûres" ("The priest who ate mulberries")

"La crotte" ("The turd")

"Le Chevalier qui fist parler les cons" ("The Knight who made c**ts speak")


  1. I did Epiphany for E!

    Nice titles. i think La Crotte is on tv tonight. And every night.

    Moody Writing

  2. Nice post, love finding great blogs like yours through the A-X challenge. Tornadoes...ahh...what memories, dont get them over here. Going snooping :)

  3. Dang tornados. Glad you and your family are o.k. Thanks for teaching me a new word today! I'm going to go look up some of these titles now.

    P.S. Chris had a friend whose name is Dartagnan (no apostrophe).

  4. Berenger of the Long Arse? I can just imagine... :) And I hope the tornado scare is gone, now? (scary!) Thanks for some bawdy fun to look up!

  5. Interesting. I'll have to check out some of those links. Sorry about your weather and internet. Both can really put a crimp in things. lol

  6. Delighted to hear it was only internet woes you suffered due to the tornadoes. What I saw on the looked fierce.

    Those were bawdy days to be sure. Imagine the bleeping networks would have to do if one of these were to be broadcast! LOL!

  7. It's fun learning new words. This blog challenge is very educational! Write on!

  8. Those examples are hilarious! I love learning about this old form of literature (cough) whatever you call it!

  9. I wanted to do a fabliau for my middle school Medieval fair. That idea was quickly shot down! Oh well, still got to be a troubadour. Glad the tornadoes only took out your internet!


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