About: In this Volume-two, ”Endeth here the fourth day of the Decameron, beginneth the fifth, in which under the rule of Fiammetta discourse is had of good fortune befalling lovers after divers direful or disastrous adventures.
About: Son of a merchant Boccaccio di Chellino di Buonaiuto of Certaldo in Val d Elsa a little town about midway between Empoli and Siena but within the Florentine contado Gio vanni Boccaccio was born most probably at Paris in the year 1313 His mother at any rate was a Frenchwoman whom his father seduced during a sojourn at Paris and afterwards deserted So much as this Boccaccio has himself told us under a transparent veil of allegory in his Ameto Of his mother we would fain know more for his wit has in it a quality especially noticeable in the Tenth Novel of the Sixth Day of the Decameron which marks him out as the forerunner of Rabelais and prompts us to ask how much more his genius may have owed to his French ancestry His father was of sufficient standing in Florence to be chosen Prior in 1321 but this brief term of office but two months was his last as well as his first experience of public life Of Boccaccio s early years we know nothing more than that his first preceptor was the Florentine grammarian Giovanni da Strada father of the poet Zanobi da Strada and that when he was about ten years old he was bound apprentice to a merchant with whom he spent the next six years at Paris whence he returned to Florence with an inveterate repugnance to commerce DETAILED CONTENTS INTRODUCTION PROEM FIRST DAY NOVEL I Ser Ciappelletto cheats a holy friar by a false confession and dies and having lived as a very bad man is on his death reputed a saint and called San Ciappelletto NOVEL II Abraham a Jew at the instance of Jehannot de Chevigny goes to the court of Rome and having marked the evil life of clergy returns to Paris and becomes a Chris tian NOVEL III Melchisedech a Jew by a story of three rings averts a danger with which he was menaced by Saladin NOVEL IV A monk lapses into a sin meriting the most severe punishment justly censures the same fault in his abbot and thus evades the penalty NOVEL V The Ma
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