William Dunbars Middle Scots fabliau, The Tretis
of the Tua Maritt Wemen and the Wedo, perhaps the most thorough and explicit British fabliau (rivaling Chaucers Miller's, Reeve's, and Merchant's Tales), repeats infelicitous sex scenes between impotent husbands and their young brides ad nauseam.
The Shipman's Tale and Dunbar's Tretis
of the Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo are the two texts that are scrutinized in this light.
r] 'Here bigynne[thorn] a tretis of weddid men and wymmen and of her children also'.
Four items copied by scribe 1 are addressed to both men and women, including 'a tretis of weddid men and wymmen and of her children also' (fols [121.
Pearcy, `The genre of William Dunbar's Tretis
of the Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo', Speculum, 55 (1980), 58-74.
These booke in whome is contente dyu[er]s deuowte tretis
& specyally pe tretis
pat is called ars moriendi, ys of the zift of Wylliam Baron esquyer to remayne for euyr to the place and nonrye of Detforde and specially to the vse of dame pernelle Wrattisley sister of the same place of licence of her abbas, the whiche Pernelle is nece to the for seyde gentylman William Baron
Davis, `The rationale for a copy of a text: constructing the exemplar for the BL Additional MS 10574'; Tadahiro Ikegami, `A short history of Langland studies in Japan'; and Ruth Nisse, `Reversing discipline: the Tretis
of Miraclis Pleyinge, Lollard exegesis, and the failure of representation'.