Monday, January 28, 2008

Just finished reading The Matter of Araby in Medieval England by Dorothee Metlizki. In it she ties together several medieval stories written in Latin or English by Englishmen to several tales found in the 1001 Nights.

The book, (wiki page:, does a good job at tackling some of the issues of story transmission but is also somewhat delinquent because the "truth" of the history of these stories is far too complex to figure out just by saying both of them have flying horses or something.

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