Are the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales closer in outlook to Greek and Roman literature than they are to Hebrew, Christian, and medieval literature?

The Black Death was a deadly outbreak of the plague that arrived in Europe in the mid 14th century. The Black death impacted Medieval society immensely, and the outlook of the people was changed permanently. In the words of Boccaccio in his Decameron that: "...practices contrary to the former habits of the citizens would hardly … Continue reading Are the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales closer in outlook to Greek and Roman literature than they are to Hebrew, Christian, and medieval literature?

Math Problem of the Week #15

Starting January 2, 2017, Jeanie saves one dollar on Monday, three dollars on Tuesday, five dollars on Wednesday, and so forth until Sunday, when she saves eleven dollars on Sunday. Then she starts over on Monday and does it again. If she continues this pattern, how much money will she have after saving her money … Continue reading Math Problem of the Week #15

The myth of the Flat Earth & The Central Point of “Questions of Conquest”

Many today believe that people in the Middle Ages believed in a flat earth. They say that Christopher Columbus was considered by many people to be crazy because he might fall off the edge of the earth, where there may have been dragons or other fearsome creatures. In reality, people did not believe in a … Continue reading The myth of the Flat Earth & The Central Point of “Questions of Conquest”

Did the Old Man represent Death in the Pardoner’s Tale?

In Geoffrey Chaucer’s book, The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer inserts a collection of stories he puts in the mouth of various travelers going south for a pilgrimage. One of these tales was “The Pardoner’s Tale” A Pardoner is someone who grants indulgences to others. The Pardoner told a story of three men who lived a riotous … Continue reading Did the Old Man represent Death in the Pardoner’s Tale?

Louis of Bavaria and the teachings of Marsilius of Padua

Marsilius of Padua was a philosopher who lived in the 13th and 14th centuries AD. He wrote a book called Defensor Pacis, which dealt with political and religious themes. He believed that the state was not subject to ecclesiastical oversight and in the autonomous state. He said that governments should not be subject to any … Continue reading Louis of Bavaria and the teachings of Marsilius of Padua