Egypt: The Tale of the Stern Judges

The Tale of the Stern Judges

It is recorded in the books of old that fair Scheherazade deflected the murderous intentions of her king and lord, Schahriah, by telling him stories every evening for 1,001 nights. She spun out tales of Aladdin and his magic lamp, of Sinbad's sailing on the seven seas, of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves. To titillate his fancy, she also spoke of three girls from Baghdad who danced & naked with a porter. Of a lady who beseeched two men to "pierce me with your rapiers." Of a woman's passion for a monkey, and a bear.

Schahriah, it is told, was...

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