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  Italian Culture and Literature - Boccaccio
Giovanni Boccaccio was born in midsummer in 1313.
Boccaccio was the illegitimate son of a wealthy Italian merchant, Boccaccino di Chellino, and was largely raised by his father.
Boccaccio became popular both in literary and diplomatic accomplishments, and he was noticed by even the most esteemed Italians.
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  Giovanni Boccaccio - LoveToKnow 1911
GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO (1313-1375), Italian author, whose Decameron is one of the classics of literature, was born in 1313, as we know from a letter of Petrarch, in which that poet, who was born in 1304, calls himself the senior of his friend by nine years.
Boccaccio, an illegitimate son, as is put beyond dispute by the fact that a special licence had to be obtained when he desired to become a priest, was brought up with tender care by his father, who seems to have been a merchant of respectable rank.
Boccaccio's passion on seeing her was instantaneous, and (if we may accept as genuine the confessions contained in one of her lover's works) was returned with equal ardour on the part of the lady.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio
The earliest, longest, and perhaps the weakest of Boccaccio's works is the "Filocolo", written between 1338 and 1340; it is a version of the story, widespread in the Middle Ages, of Floire and Blanchefleur, and contains a curious admixture of pagan myths and Christian legends.
Boccaccio had to support at his house for three years a teacher of Greek, with whom he read the poems of Homer.
Boccaccio found the germs of his novelle in other literatures, in historic events, and in tradition, but, like Shakespeare, whatever he borrowed he made his own and living, by placing the adventures in the lives of his contemporaries.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Giovanni Boccaccio (June 16, 1313 – December 21, 1375) was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, an important Renaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including On Famous Women, the Decameron and his poetry in the vernacular.
Boccaccio's characters are notable for their era in that they are realistic, spirited and clever individuals who are grounded in reality (in contrast to the characters of his contemporaries, who were more concerned with the Medieval virtues of Chivalry, Piety and Humility).
Boccaccio had become a friend of fellow Florentine Niccolo Acciaiuoli and benefited from his influence as administrator and maybe lover of Catherine of Valois-Courtenay, widow of Philip I of Taranto.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio Biography
Giovanni Boccaccio (June 16, 1313 - December 21, 1375) was a Florentine author and poet, the greatest of Petrarch's disciples, an important Renaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including On Famous Women, the Decameron and his poems in the vernacular.
Boccaccio had become a friend of fellow-Florentine Nicola Acciaiuoli and benefitted from his influence as lover of Catherine of Valois, later counsellor to Queen Joanna and the "Grand Seneschal".
Boccaccio returned to Florence in early 1341, avoiding the plague in that city of 1340 but also missing the visit of Petrarch to Naples in 1341.
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 Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Boccaccio was recalled to Florence in 1341, and there he met (1350) the great poet Petrarch, who became a lifelong friend.
Boccaccio achieved stylistic mastery in the Decameron, which became a model for later efforts toward a distinctively Italian style.
Boccaccio’s old age was troubled by poverty and ill health, but his activity continued.
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The earliest, longest, and perhaps the weakest of Boccaccio's works is the "Filocolo", written between 1338 and 1340; it is a version of the story, widespread in the Middle Ages, of Floire and Blanchefleur, and contains a curious admixture of pagan myths and Christian legends.
Panfilo, the hero and lover of Fiammetta, is supposed to represent Boccaccio himself.
Boccaccio had to support at his house for three years a teacher of Greek, with whom he read the poems of Homer.
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 HOASM: Giovanni Boccaccio
Giovanni, with greater freedom, pursues his humanistic interests in literature as is attested by his first essays in Latin (the Elegia di Costanza and the Allegoria mitologica, both certainly composed before 1334) and his first vernacular poetry.
During 1364 and 1365 Boccaccio engaged in an enduring epistolary debate with Petrarch on compositions in the vernacular.
Boccaccio was a steadfast friend, a son who felt tenderly for his mother and never forgave his father for having abandoned her.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio, 1313-1375
The Italian poet, Giovanni Boccaccio was most probably born in Tuscany, the illegitimate son of a merchant of Certaldo, who launched him on a commercial career, during which he spent some time at Paris.
In graceful Italian, Boccaccio selected the plots of his stories from the popular fiction of his day, and especially from the fabliaux which had passed into Italy from France, the matter being medieval while the form is classical.
Boccaccio's originality lay in his narrative skill and in the rich poetical sentiments which adorns his borrowed materials.
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 Education World® - *Arts & Humanities : Literature : Poetry : Poets : Boccaccio, Giovanni   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Boccaccio, Giovanni Boccaccio on the Plague Read this excerpt of the introduction to the Decameron, in which Boccaccio describes the fl death, through which he lived.
Boccaccio, Giovanni The 'Decameron' Man Discover a brief bio of this writer along with a synopsis of his Decameron.
Boccaccio, Giovanni The Plague in Florence Catch an excerpt form the author's Decameron devoted to a description of the Middle Ages' fl death.
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 BOCCACCIO, Giovanni
Giovanni Boccaccio wrote the first piece of prose in the history of Italian Renaissance.
Boccaccio showed an aptitude for writing verse at the age of seven.
Boccaccio's work was first translated into English in 1620, and his influence extended to many authors of the Romantic period.
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 Francesco Petrarch - Father of Humanism
Giovanni Boccaccio was born in 1313, in either June or July out of wedlock to Boccaccino di Chellino and an unknown woman.
In 1319 Boccaccino di Chellino marries and Boccaccio's stepbrother, Francesco is born.
The two formed a friendship which lasted their entire lives, so much so that Boccaccio is the recipient of a large number of letters which appear in Petrarch's collections.
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 Author Biography
The Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio was born in 1313.
In 1348, tragedy struck Florence in the form of the Black Death; Boccaccio’s father, stepmother, and many friends died from the plague.
Throughout the rest of his life, Boccaccio continued writing, focusing more and more on scholarly works, such as biographies and studies of classical mythology.
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 Boccaccio, Giovanni - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
BOCCACCIO, GIOVANNI [Boccaccio, Giovanni], 1313-75, Italian poet and storyteller, author of the Decameron.
In his middle years Boccaccio wrote (1348-53) his great secular classic, the Decameron, a collection of 100 witty and occasionally licentious tales set against the somber background of the Black Death.
Boccaccio ambiguo maestro di Della Casa: "il donare cortesia" nell'episodio de "Il discreto famigliare" del Galateo.(text in Italian; Giovanni Boccaccio)
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 Buchtipps milano24ore - Das Erotische Italien
In seinen verwegensten Träumen hat er sich nicht ausgemalt, was er mit der Contessa und ihren Freundinnen alles erleben darf.
Boccaccios Dekameron ist sicherlich das lebendigste und unterhaltsamste Zeugnis der sinnenfrohen italienischen Renaissance.
Giovanni Boccaccio wurde 1313 als unehelicher Sohn eines Kaufmanns und einer Französin in Florenz geboren.
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 Amazon.ca: The Decameron: Books: Giovanni Boccaccio,Fredrick Davidson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Boccaccio begins, in the prologue, by stating his purpose for writing the book - namely, to entertain literate women with nothing else to do with their time.
Boccaccio claims that his goal in writing 'The Decameron' was to entertain and 'provide succour and diversion' (Prologue 3) to young women who are in love - presumably those whose love lives are not going well at the moment.
Boccaccio's intention is to present a lively diversion to the reading public of the time, and he makes no apologies to those who would be easily offended by silliness, sexual innuendo, or unflattering portrayals of hypocritical, licentious clergymen.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio - Cunnan
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) was born in Paris, France, although his father was from Florence, Italy and he later married a Florentine.
Boccaccio became one of the leading proponents of early humanism through many of his writings, after being educated in canon law.
The book is set in a rural location outside of Florence, Italy where a group of 10 men and women each tell one story per day over each of 10 days.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio
Giovanni Boccaccio Boccaccio was born in Paris, in 1313, the illegitimate son of a Florentine merchant and a French noblewoman.
Boccaccio's last years, in which he turned to religious meditation, were brightened by his appointment in 1373 as lecturer on Dante.
Boccaccio's most important work is Il Decamerone (Ten Days' Work), which was begun in 1348 and completed in 1353; it was first translated into English, as The Decameron, in 1620.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio
Born in Florence, Giovanni was the illegitimate son of a rich merchant, Boccaccino di Chellino, who recognized him officially.
Boccaccio loses then his father, step-mother and numerous friends, at a time when he writes his Decameron.
Boccaccio had an immense admiration for his two great contemporaries Dante and Petrarch, and had a long friendship with the latter.
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 Amazon.ca: Famous Women: Books: Giovanni Boccaccio,Virginia Brown   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Some years after he wrote The Decameron, the group of tales that is his major work, Giovanni Boccaccio compiled this collection of 124 essays on women.
Boccaccio prepared 106 brief lives of women ranging from Eve to Joanna, Queen of Jerusalem.
While Boccaccio reflects the biases of the Late Middle Ages, he aims to be balanced and sympathetc in his accounts.
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Boccaccio Giovanni Elegia di madonna Fiammetta - Corbaccio
Boine Giovanni Il peccato - Plausi e botte - Frantumi - Altri scritti
Casanova Giacomo Giovanni Memorie scritte da lui medesimo
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 Amazon.com: The Decameron: Second Edition (Penguin Classics): Books: Giovanni Boccaccio,G. H. McWilliam   (Site not responding. Last check: )
His description of the Plague in Florence is vivid and gripping, and this eventually provides the background for the setting of the one hundred and one tales that seven young women and three young men will narrate in a villa away from the dying city.
Giovanni Boccaccio is one of the three supreme literary masters of the Italian Renaissance--sharing those laurels with Dante and Petrarch--and he is also the most accessible.
Boccaccio indulges in a popular form of satire against the foul and corrupt members of the fourteenth century clergy--one of the ten actually admits that it's "too easy" to pick on such scoundrels.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio - Penguin UK Authors - Penguin UK
Giovanni Boccaccio was born in Florence, Italy, in 1313, and he died there in 1375.
His life thus coincided with the flowering of the early Renaissance and indeed his closest friend was Petrarch, the other towering literary figure of the period.
During his lifetime, Boccaccio was a diplomat, businessman, and international traveler, as well as the creator of numerous works of prose and poetry.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio Biography | scit_021234_package.xml
In the latter text, he wrote on the origin of fossils and maintained that the sea had once covered the Earth.
The willingness of Boccaccio, an educated man for his time, to accept ancient myths is instructive regarding the medieval mind: at one time he reported that the remains of Polyphemus, the Cyclops described in Homer's Odyssey, had been located in a cave in Sicily.
According to Boccaccio, the giant was 300 ft (91.5 m) tall.
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 Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
This exhibit displays a small sampling, from the tenth-century Evangelia and the superb Hebraic Machsor, to a fine manuscript of Boccaccio, and a fifteenth-century history of the ancient world.
Though Boccaccio (1313-1375) is best known today for his Decameron, up to the 1550s he was famous for his Of the Fate of Illustrious Men and Women.
Giovanni Boccaccio Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes (Of the Fate of Illustrious Men and Women) France, ca.
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 Giovanni Boccaccio — Infoplease.com
Boccaccio ambiguo maestro di Della Casa: "il donare cortesia" nell'episodio de "Il discreto famigliare" del Galateo.(text in Italian;......
Chaucer's Miller's Tale and Reeve's Tale, Boccaccio's Decameron, and the French fabliaux.(Critical Essay)
Political views in the preaching of Giovanni Dominici in Renaissance Florence, 1400-1406.
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 The Decameron - Giovanni Boccaccio - Penguin Classics
In the early summer of the year 1348, as a terrible plague ravages the city, ten charming young Florentines take refuge in country villas to tell each other stories—a hundred stories of love, adventure and surprising twists of fortune which later inspired Chaucer, Keats and Shakespeare.
While Dante is a stern moralist, Boccaccio has little time for chastity, pokes fun at crafty, hypocritical clerics and celebrates the power of passion to overcome obstacles and social divisions.
Ser Cepperello deceives a holy friar with a false confession, then he dies; and although in life he was a most wicked man, in death he is reputed to be a Saint, and is called Saint Ciappelletto.
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