The Pattern of Painful Adventures

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For the 2008 play of this name, see The Pattern of Painful Adventures (radio play).

The Pattern of Painful Adventures was a 1576,[1] prose novel. A later edition, printed in 1607 by Valentine Simmes and published by Nathaniel Butter, was drawn on by William Shakespeare for his play Pericles, Prince of Tyre.[2] There was at least one intermediate edition, around 1595.[3]

It was a translation by Lawrence Twine of the tale of Apollonius of Tyre from John Gower's Confessio Amantis (in Middle English verse). It is also said to be translated from a French version.[4] William Henry Schofield stated that Shakespeare used both sources.[5]


  1. ^ David Skeele, Pericles: Critical Essays (2000), p. 66.
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  3. ^ Laura A. Loomis, Medieval Romance in England: A Study of the Sources and Analogues of the Non-Cyclic Metrical Romances (1969), p. 165.
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  5. ^ William Henry Schofield, English Literature from the Norman Conquest to Chaucer, p. 306.

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