Gamelyn, The Tale of
, a romance in verse, written c.1350, containing about 900 lines. It tells of the tribulations of a young man abused by his older brothers. The tale survives in 25 manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales,
sometimes entitled "The Cook's Tale," though it is not by Geoffrey Chaucer
. It served as a prototype for several later works, including Shakespeare's As You Like It.
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