Miniature by Taddeo Crivelli in a manuscript of c. To pass the evenings, every member of the party tells a story each night, except for one day per week for chores, and the holy days during which they do no work at all, resulting in ten nights of storytelling over the course of two weeks. Thus, by the end of the fortnight they have told stories.
Biography[ edit ] The details of Boccaccio's birth are uncertain. He was born in Florence or in a village near Certaldo where his family was from. His father worked for the Compagnia dei Bardi and, in the s, married Margherita dei Mardoli, who was of a well-to-do family.
Boccaccio may have been tutored by Giovanni Mazzuoli and received from him an early introduction to the works of Dante. Inhis father was appointed head of a bank and moved with his family to Naples.
Boccaccio was an apprentice at the bank but disliked the banking profession. He persuaded his father to let him study law at the Studium  the present-day University of Napleswhere he studied canon law for the next six years. He also pursued his interest in scientific and literary studies.
At this time, he fell in love with a married daughter of the king, who is portrayed as " Fiammetta " in many of Boccaccio's prose romances, including Il Filocolo It seems that Boccaccio enjoyed law no more than banking, but his studies allowed him the opportunity to study widely and make good contacts with fellow scholars.
His early influences included Paolo da Perugia a curator and author of a collection of myths called the Collectioneshumanists Barbato da Sulmona and Giovanni Barrili, and theologian Dionigi di Borgo San Sepolcro. Adult years[ edit ] Boccaccio's statue in Uffizi In Naples, Boccaccio began what he considered his true vocation of poetry.
Works produced in this period include Il Filostrato and Teseida the sources for Chaucer 's Troilus and Criseyde and The Knight's TalerespectivelyThe Filocolo a prose version of an existing French romanceand La caccia di Diana a poem in terza rima listing Neapolitan women.
Boccaccio returned to Florence in earlyavoiding the plague of in that city, but also missing the visit of Petrarch to Naples in He had left Naples due to tensions between the Angevin king and Florence. His father had returned to Florence inwhere he had gone bankrupt.
His mother died shortly afterward possibly, as she was unknown — see above. Boccaccio continued to work, although dissatisfied with his return to Florence, producing Comedia delle ninfe fiorentine in also known as Ametoa mix of prose and poems, completing the fifty- canto allegorical poem Amorosa visione inand Fiammetta  in The pastoral piece "Ninfale fiesolano" probably dates from this time, also.
InBoccaccio's father remarried to Bice del Bostichi. His children by his first marriage had all died, but he had another son named Iacopo in Giovanni Boccaccio and Florentines who have fled from the plague In Florence, the overthrow of Walter of Brienne brought about the government of popolo minuto "small people", workers.
It diminished the influence of the nobility and the wealthier merchant classes and assisted in the relative decline of Florence. The city was hurt further in by the Black Deathwhich killed some three-quarters of the city's population, later represented in the Decameron.
FromBoccaccio spent much time in Ravenna, seeking new patronage and, despite his claims, it is not certain whether he was present in plague-ravaged Florence. His stepmother died during the epidemic and his father was closely associated with the government efforts as Minister of Supply in the city.
His father died in and Boccaccio was forced into a more active role as head of the family.
Boccaccio began work on The Decameron   around It is probable that the structures of many of the tales date from earlier in his career, but the choice of a hundred tales and the frame-story lieta brigata of three men and seven women dates from this time.
The work was largely complete by It was Boccaccio's final effort in literature and one of his last works in Italian; the only other substantial work was Corbaccio dated to either or Boccaccio revised and rewrote The Decameron in — This manuscript has survived to the present day.
FromBoccaccio became closely involved with Italian humanism although less of a scholar and also with the Florentine government. His first official mission was to Romagna in late He revisited that city-state twice and also was sent to BrandenburgMilan and Avignon.
He also pushed for the study of Greek, housing Barlaam of Calabriaand encouraging his tentative translations of works by HomerEuripidesand Aristotle. In these years, he also took minor orders. The meeting between the two was extremely fruitful and they were friends from then on, Boccaccio calling Petrarch his teacher and magister.
Petrarch at that time encouraged Boccaccio to study classical Greek and Latin literature. They met again in Padua inBoccaccio on an official mission to invite Petrarch to take a chair at the university in Florence. Although unsuccessful, the discussions between the two were instrumental in Boccaccio writing the Genealogia deorum gentilium ; the first edition was completed in and this remained one of the key reference works on classical mythology for over years.
It served as an extended defense for the studies of ancient literature and thought. Despite the Pagan beliefs at its core, Boccaccio believed that much could be learned from antiquity.Free summary and analysis of the events in Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron that won't make you snore.
We promise. Petrarch was born in the Tuscan city of Arezzo in He was the son of Ser Petracco and his wife Eletta Canigiani. His given name was Francesco Petracco. The name was Latinized to Petrarca. Petrarch's younger brother was born in Incisa in Val d'Arno in Dante was a friend of his grupobittia.comry movement: Renaissance humanism.
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With Petrarch he laid the foundations for the humanism of the Renaissance and raised vernacular literature to the level and status of the classics of antiquity. Boccaccio was the son of. Francesco Petrarca (Italian: [franˈtʃesko peˈtrarka]; July 20, – July 18/19, ), commonly anglicized as Petrarch (/ ˈ p iː t r ɑːr k, ˈ p ɛ-/), was a scholar and poet of Renaissance Italy who was one of the earliest grupobittia.comry movement: Renaissance humanism.
Giovanni Boccaccio: Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian poet and scholar, best remembered as the author of the earthy tales in the Decameron. With Petrarch he laid the foundations for the humanism of the Renaissance and raised vernacular literature to the level and status of the classics of antiquity.
His Vita di Dante Alighieri, or Trattatello in.