[fab-lee-oh; French fa-blee-oh]
- a short metrical tale, usually ribald and humorous, popular in medieval France.
Origin of fabliau
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It is given by John of Bromyard, and is the subject of a fabliau which is given by Meon.
But there is nothing in previous literature which exactly corresponds to the fabliau.
The special period of fabliau composition appears to have been the 12th and 13th centuries.
The fabliau takes every phase of life for its subject; the folk-song acquires elegance and does not lose raciness and truth.
The dramatic germ contained in the fabliau and quickened by the mystery produces the profane drama.
- a comic usually ribald verse tale, of a kind popular in France in the 12th and 13th centuries
C19: from French: a little tale, from fable tale
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