Author(s): Giovanni Boccaccio


"The Decameron" (subtitle: "Prencipe Galeotto") is a collection of 100 novellas by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio, probably begun in 1350 and finished in 1353. It is a medieval allegorical work best known for its bawdy tales of love, appearing in all its possibilities from the erotic to the tragic. Some believe many parts of the tales are indebted to the influence of "The Book of Good Love". Many notable writers such as Chaucer are said to have drawn inspiration from "The Decameron".


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The Decameron is structured in a frame narrative, or frame tale. Boccaccio begins with a description of the Black Death and a group of seven women and three men who flee from plague-ridden Florence to a villa in the (then) countryside of Fiesole for two weeks. To pass the time, each member of the party tells one story for each one of the nights spent at the villa. Although fourteen days pass, two days each week are set aside; one day for chores and one holy day during which no work is done. In this manner, 100 stories are told by the end of the two weeks

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 - 21 December 1375) was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, an important Renaissance humanist and the author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular. Boccaccio is particularly notable for his dialogue, of which it has been said that it surpasses in verisimilitude that of just about all of his contemporaries, since they were medieval writers and often followed formulaic models for character and plot.

General Fields

  • : 9781841593227
  • : Everyman
  • : Everyman's Library
  • : 0.748
  • : September 2009
  • : 212mm X 128mm X 37mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : Giovanni Boccaccio
  • : Hardback
  • : 853.1
  • : 696