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Unformatted text preview: HIST 100: Western Civilization Reading Guide 2: Boccaccio, The Decameron Our next readings are set in late medieval Italy at the height of the Black Death of the 14 th century. Written by a Florentine named Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron tells the story of a group of young Italian men and women who have fled Florence for the safety of a country estate. After gathering outside of the city, the seven young women (Pampinea, Fiammetta, Filomena, Emilia, Lauretta, Neifile, and Elissa) and three young men (Panfilo, Filostrato, and Dioneo) decide to pass the time by selecting a new king or queen from among them each day to lead the others in a round of storytelling. The Decameron is thus organized around these stories as told over the course of ten days, with each day of stories dedicated to a different daily theme. Please read the following stories: Introduction and First Day : Read this first section which sets up the circumstances behind the round of storytelling and introduces the first story (pp. 4-23)introduces the first story (pp....
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course HIST 100 taught by Professor Millskelley during the Fall '08 term at George Mason.
- Fall '08