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

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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?