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date: 17 October 2019

Boccaccio, Giovanni (1313–75) Italian writer and humanist, 

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Author(s):
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

born at or near Florence, the son of a Florentine merchant. His formative years, from about 1325 until 1340, were spent in Naples, where he began his literary studies and wrote his first works. His outlook was greatly conditioned by the aristocratic society in which he moved and especially by his contacts with the Angevin court, but the tradition that he fell in love with Maria d'Aquino, illegitimate daughter of King Robert of Naples, is now discredited. He returned to Florence in ... ...

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