Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Summary of Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio began writing The Decameron in 1350 and finished a couple of years later. The word Decameron comes from two Greek words "deca" meaning ten, and "μέρα" meaning day. Together the words mean a ten day event. The story takes place over ten days. The novel takes place in 14th Century medieval Italy during the time of the Black Plague. The novel is in the form of a frame narrative--a story within a story. Seven young women and three young men flee from Florence to an uninhabited villa in the countryside of Fiesole. Each person gets to be King or Queen for the day, and gets to pick a theme for that day's stories. Each person tells a story everyday.



  1. thank you so much

  2. You only have up to Day 4 on here. Will you be posting the other days shortly?

    1. I publish the summaries as I write them, so its going to be a while before i have them all done. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

  3. These summaries are extremely helpful - even reading them before or after the actual story to help comprehend some parts.

    Keep'em coming Sophia! Good work!

  4. Thank you so much, these summaries are extremely helpful! Keep it up! :)