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date: 25 November 2020

Decameron, The 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

Giovanni *Boccaccio's masterpiece, a collection of 100 tales told over a period of ten days (hence the title). The stories have many different sources, including both Mediterranean folklore and contemporary society. They are contained within a frame narrative (cornice), an innovative feature. This relates how seven young women and three young men flee Florence during the Black Death and take refuge in the countryside, where they entertain themselves by telling these tales. ... ...

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