This hugely enjoyable volume collects the best stories of Boccaccio's masterwork in a fresh, accessible new translation by Peter Hainsworth. It includes such celebrated, thought-provoking tales as 'Isabella and the Pot of Basil' (famously adapted by Keats) and 'Patient Griselda' alongside many boisterous and daring stories featuring faithless wives, philandering priests and curious nuns.
“To have compassion for those who suffer is a human quality which everyone should possess, especially those who have required comfort themselves in the past and have managed to find it in others. ” - Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron
The Black Death is upon Europe and the beautiful city of Florence. How can you escape it one must wonder? The 14th-century Italian writer came up with a solution in his masterpiece, The Decameron: story-telling. He gathered seven young women and three young men in a remote villa outside the city with one sole purpose: to tell 100 unique stories about humanity’s great fortunes and misfortunes.
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