Decameron

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Alma Books, Jan 1, 2018 - Fiction - 673 pages
In the summer of 1348, the plague ravages Florence, and ten young Florentines take refuge in the countryside, where they entertain themselves with tales of love, death and corruption, featuring a host of colourful characters, from lascivious clergymen and mad kings to devious lovers and false miracle-makers. Named after the Greek for "e;ten days"e;, Boccaccio's book of stories draws on ancient mythology, contemporary events and everyday life, leaving an indelible mark on the works of future writers such as Chaucer and Shakespeare. J.G. Nichols's new translation stays as faithful to the original as possible while being written in a clear and eminently modern English, capturing the timeless humour of one of the great classics of world literature.
 

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Contents

First Day
7
Second Day
59
Third Day
153
Fourth Day
229
Fifth Day
293
Sixth Day
355
Seventh Day
387
Eighth Day
441
Tenth Day
559
Notes
642
Extra Material
649
Giovanni Boccaccios Life and Works
651
Decameron
655
Select Bibliography
660
Acknowledgements
661
Copyright

Ninth Day
517

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