The Treasure of the Zisa—Lu tisoru di la Zisa
Well, they say that in olden times Emperor Frederick was here inSicily, and he was a very cruel man.310 There was a popular uprisingin Naples, and what did he do? First, he had lots of people killed. Next, he took three very beautiful ladies and brought them to Palermo. They came from good families who had joined the rebellion, and so he had them buried alive in an underground chamber of the royal palace. It was because neither hide nor hair of these three women was ever seen again-not even the slightest trace remained-that the saying originated, What a disaster for the three ladies! Told by Francesca Buscemi to Salvatore Salomone-Marino in Palermo.