The Pattern of Painful Adventures
- For the 2008 play of this name, see The Pattern of Painful Adventures (radio play).
The Pattern of Painful Adventures was a 1576, 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. There was at least one intermediate edition, around 1595.
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. William Henry Schofield stated that Shakespeare used both sources.
- David Skeele, Pericles: Critical Essays (2000), p. 66.
- Laura A. Loomis, Medieval Romance in England: A Study of the Sources and Analogues of the Non-Cyclic Metrical Romances (1969), p. 165.
- William Henry Schofield, English Literature from the Norman Conquest to Chaucer, p. 306.