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Giovanni Boccaccio

(1313-1375)

Italian Author
The ghost of the Black Death

Born in Florence, Giovanni was the illegitimate son of a rich merchant, Boccaccino di Chellino, who recognized him officially.

The biographer Filippo Villani, writes that the author of the famous Decameron was acute, humorous and unpretentious.

Later he married Margherita de Mardoli, a woman of the Italian gentry.

His father wanted him to become a merchant or, better, a lawyer, to access the highest ranks of society, but Giovanni had no interest for these professions and was considering himself as a poet.

In 1348-1351 Florence is striken by the premices of the Black Death. 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.

portrait of Boccaccio  
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Italian Authors:  Boccaccio Dante Machiavelli

Other Authors of Medieval-Renaissance-Chivalry genre:
Anonymous Cervantes Chaucer Dante
Machiavelli Malory Troyes The Nibelungenlied The Song Of Roland

The Decameron is his best-known work and became a model for later Italian prose

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