History Jokes: Thomas Aquinas - bos mutus


Funny anecdotes and short stories are a great source of examples in public speeches. This website contains short funny stories, clean jokes and humorous legends of kings and queens, politicians, famous literary figures and artists from many books and sources. The styles of writers from different time periods was preserved - they often enhance the stories in an amusing way. Enjoy and have fun!

Thomas Aquinas - bos mutus 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 05:33 PM - Medieval jokes and anecdotes
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THIS extraordinary person, like many men
of great talents, showed in his early youth none of
that liveliness and vivacity of disposition which is
but too often mistaken for quick parts. He was
called by his companions “bos mutus” (silent ox),
but his master, Albert the Great,
more capable of distinguishing,
used to say of him to those who gave
him that odious appellation: “The learned bellowing
of this silent ox will one day fill up the universe".
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Louis IX and "a lady of quality" 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 05:16 PM - Medieval jokes and anecdotes
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A Lady of quality once appearing before Louis,
to solicit some favour of him, in a dress too
juvenile for her years, the good Monarch said to her:
"Madam, I will take care of your suit,
if you will take care of your situation. Your beauty
once made a great noise in this kingdom, but
it is passed like a flower in the field. It is in
vain that you endeavour to bring it back again;
you had much better attend to the beat¿y of the
mind, which never fades."
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Crusade of St. Louis — Teaching by the signs 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 04:41 PM - Medieval jokes and anecdotes
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Joinville, in his Memoirs of St. Louis, tells us of a
woman who, in the crusade headed by that king, was
seen carrying in her right hand a porringer of fire,
and in her left a bottle of water. With the fire,
Joinville says, she wished to burn paradise, with the
water to drown hell, so that none might do good for
the reward of the one, nor avoid evil from fear of the
other, since every good ought to be done from the
perfect and sincere love which man owes to his
Creator, who is the supreme good.
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The Greek Prize of Vicory 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 04:31 PM - Ancient history jokes and anecdotes, Greek and Roman
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WHEN some Arcadian deserters asked to be admitted into the service of the Persian king,
Xerxes asked them what the Greeks were doing. The
answer was that they were keeping the great feast of
Olympia, and beholding the contests of wrestlers and
horsemen. On hearing this, a Persian asked what the
prize might be for which they strove, and was told
that it was an olive wreath. 'Ah, Mardonius,'
exclaimed one of the satraps who were standing by,
'what men are these against whom you have brought
us here to fight, who strive not for money, but for
glory?'
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