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Boccaccio, Giovanni
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1313-75. Italy. Major prose author of the Trecento, storyteller, humanist, and biographer of famous women and men from all ages of history. Born in Florence, or Certaldo, the illegitimate son of a Tuscan merchant, Boccaccio turned to literary studies after unhappy experiences working for the Bardi bank in Naples and as a student of canon law. His early works were tales of love, culminating in his most famous work, the Decameron, a collection of 100 vernacular novellas written soon after the Black Death. In his later years, Boccaccio turned to humanistic studies, w…

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Kohl, Benjamin G., “Boccaccio, Giovanni”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_000338>
First published online: 2016



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