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?

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Boccaccio’s Decameron: His Account of the Black Death Compared to His Stories

In Boccaccio’s Decameron, he offered an account of the Black Death in 1348 and described how it affected Florence. Boccaccio said that the origin of the plague was in the east, and that it arrived in Florence even though numerous precautions had been taken by the people. The people of Florence tried to prevent the … Continue reading Boccaccio’s Decameron: His Account of the Black Death Compared to His Stories

Why did Boccaccio have the first story teller invoke God in Decameron?

The Italian writer Boccaccio set the background of his Decameron in Florence during the Black Death. Seven ladies and three gentlemen went outside Florence to escape the death and disease and told stories to each other while living on an abandoned estate. They told stories to each other to pass the time, each one telling … Continue reading Why did Boccaccio have the first story teller invoke God in Decameron?